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THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2008 Jonathan Tilbrook, conductor Rebecca Benstead, oboe BIBER Battaglia ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op.9 No.2 SCHNITTKE Moz-Art à la Haydn Bernard RANDS Madrigali (after Monteverdi/Berio) HAYDN Symphony No.60 (Il distratto) The University Philharmonia begins the new academic year with sparkling music from the baroque alongside 20th-century works inspired by earlier periods. Heinrich von Biber’s strikingly evocative 17th-century battle piece is followed by one of the best-known baroque oboe concertos performed by third-year music student Rebecca Benstead. British-born composer Bernard Rands’ Madrigali takes inspiration from Monteverdi's Eighth Book of Madrigals and Luciano Berio's transcription of Il Combattimento. Schnittke’s Moz-Art à la Haydn is based on a fragment of a musical sketch by Mozart as well as containing brief, sometimes irreverent references to the ‘Haffner’ and Haydn’s ‘Farewell’ symphonies. The concert concludes with Haydn’s crazy Symphony No.60 ‘Il distratto’ (‘The Distracted One’), a suite of six movements originally conceived as incidental music to a comedy. Haydn’s wit shines through the work, none more so in the finale where the violins come to a grinding halt having apparently forgotten to tune!