Strauss composed his Oboe Concerto in what has been described by some as his ‘Indian Summer’, that creative period which began at about the time of his eightieth birthday, in 1944. The Symphonic Fantasty: AusItalien, meanwhile, was composed when the composer was just twenty-two; ChristophKönig opens the concert with its first movement, which Strauss himself called ‘a prelude’. The afternoon and the series closes with Dvo?ák’s rarely performed Fifth Symphony; it is full of folk-influenced melodies from his native Bohemia – and well worth discovering..