Carlo Rizzi and the WNO Orchestra is joined by violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky for a thrilling ICS concert
Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave)
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Rachmaninov Symphony No 2
WNO’s Conductor Laureate, Carlo Rizzi, marks his return to the International Concert Series for the first time since 2008, with this exciting programme of late-Romantic masterpieces.
Following a rapturous reception to his Mendelssohn performance with the WNO Orchestra and Music Director Tomáš Hanus in Llandudno in May 2018, Alexander Sitkovetsky joins us on the St David’s Hall stage for Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. One of the world’s leading violinists, Alexander will be sure to awaken the scotch spirit in Bruch’s score, a four-movement fantasy based on Scottish folk-melodies, now amongst the composer’s most performed works.
The second half of the concert features Rachmaninov’s ever-popular Symphony No 2. The work bears all the hallmarks of Rachmaninov’s skills as a composer – his gift for melody, his skill as an orchestrator, his mastery of form and structure, and his enduring commitment to the late-Romantic style, long after many of his peers had abandoned it for the more progressive compositional schools of the 20th Century. Across four vast movements, Rachmaninov pulls out all the stops for a symphony whose irresistible appeal to audiences has endured to this day.
Mathew and Lucy Prichard