Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra plays Beethoven rarity

Posted on: March 19, 2009

In Wednesday’s (3/18) Pittsburg Tribune-Review, Mark Kanny writes, “New music figures prominently at many concerts, but it’s not often that the premiere is of music by Ludwig van Beethoven. His symphonies, concerti, sonatas and string quartets written in the late 18th and early 19th centuries are as standard repertoire as it gets. Nevertheless, James Gorton, conductor Lawrence Loh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra will give the local premiere of the solo movement of an Oboe Concerto by Beethoven at concerts today and Saturday in Oakland and Upper St. Clair, respectively.” The score had been lost, but according to Gorton, was rediscovered about 10 years ago. “Musicologist and oboist Charles Lehrer published a version of what was found in sketches. … Gorton became interested in the music when he saw a realization of it by Renate Rosenblatt, a pianist and wife of Louis Rosenblatt. He was one of Gorton’s teachers, and oboist and English hornist of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1959 to 1995. … ‘She took the themes and put them into a logical order,’ Gorton says. ‘To me, it sounds very much like the second movement of a Beethoven piano concerto.’ ”
Posted March 19, 2009