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John De Lancie - Philadelphia Orchestra's Former Solo Oboist


Release Date: 08/27/2002 
Label:  Boston Records   Catalog #: 1045   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard StraussJean FrançaixErik SatieJacques Ibert
Performer:  John De Lancie
Conductor:  Max WilcoxAndré Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Chamber Society OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John de Lancie, born in Berkeley, California on July 26th, 1921, entered the Curtis Institute at the age of 14 to study with Marcel Tabuteau. After playing Solo Oboe in Philadelphia's Robinhood Dell and the Pittsburgh Symphony under Fritz Reiner, he served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 in North Africa, England, France and Germany. It was during this time that de Lancie visited the composer Richard Strauss in his home at Garmisch. "I felt a very respectful awe of this man, and I was convinced that I would not be able to contribute anything to the conversations which would be of interest to the composer. But once I mustered all my courage and began to talk about the beautiful oboe melodies like the ones in Don Quixote, Don Juan, Sinfonia Read more Domestica, and others. I wanted to know if he had a special affinity for this instrument. As I was well acquainted with his Horn Concerto, I then asked him if he had ever considered writing a concerto for oboe, but his only answer was a simple `no'." But the seed was evidently sown. Only a few months later - in October 1945 - Strauss completed the Oboe Concerto and noted on the title page, "Oboe Concerto 1945 inspired by an American soldier (oboist from Chicago)." At the time, Strauss seems to have forgotten the name of the American oboist and the fact that he was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony. After the War, de Lancie joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as Associate Solo Oboist and in 1954 became principal oboist, a post he held until 1977, when he became director of the Curtis Institute for the next eight years. John de Lancie recorded over 2000 works as the Philadelphia Orchestra's Principal Oboist and forty different compositions with the Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet. Mr. DeLancie died earlier this year. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Oboe in D major, AV 144 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  John De Lancie (Oboe)
Conductor:  Max Wilcox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Chamber Society Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1945-1948; Germany 
Length: 24 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2. L'horloge de flore by Jean Françaix
Performer:  John De Lancie (Oboe)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; France 
Length: 16 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  John De Lancie (Oboe)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Claude Debussy 
4. Symphonie concertante for Oboe and Strings by Jacques Ibert
Performer:  John De Lancie (Oboe)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1949; France 
Length: 27 Minutes 27 Secs. 

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