Acum 121 ani a venit pe lume oboistul englez Leon Goossens (12 iunie 1897 - 13 februarie 1988)
Comemorăm 52 de ani de la trecerea la cele veşnice a dirijorului german Herman Scherchen (21 iunie 1891 -12 iunie 1966)
23 de ani au trecut de la moartea pianistului italian Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (5 ianuarie 1920 - 12 iunie 1995) şi 12 ani de la cea a compozitorului maghiar Gyorgyi Ligetti (28 mai 1923 - 12 iunie 2006)
This concerto was written in 1944, for the oboist Leon Goossens and was first performed in Liverpool that year, the scheduled London premier having been cancelled due to German bombing. This performance is by Robin Canter, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Judd. Referring to the closing bars of the third movement, the Vaughan Williams scholar, Dr Michael Kennedy, said of this work: "Very little of VW's music is nostalgic, but here he seems to be yearning for some lost and precious thing. Characteristically, he has put what are some of his most intimate longings into a work which has generally been overlooked. For a few bars the veil is torn aside." Most listeners will be able to identify the bars Dr Kennedy is referring to.