In celebration of Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams’s 81st birthday on February 8, 2013, the Boston Pops is releasing a new live recording of the composer’s Oboe Concerto at bostonpops.org. Written for principal Pops oboist Keisuke Wakao, the Oboe Concerto is the latest John Williams work to showcase the talented musicians of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. The recording took place during the world premiere performance of the work at a Boston Pops concert at Symphony Hall on May 25, 2011. The concerto’s three movements—Prelude, Pastorale, and Commedia—run approximately 19 minutes in length.
The concert recording will be available for download on bso.org, iTunes, and Amazon.com. The three movement work is available in WMA stereo, AIFF stereo, 48khz/24Bit FLAC, and MP3 320kbs formats. An MP3 of the Oboe Concerto will be available for $2.99, while higher definition FLAC, AIFF and WMA formats of the work will cost $3.49. Individual tracks will range from $.89-$1.81 depending on the duration of the track and the format.