WNO Music Director Tomáš Hanus conducts the WNO Orchestra in a captivating orchestral concert
Rossini William Tell Overture
Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor (Op 85)
Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen 'Forrester's Monologue'
Tomáš Hanus, WNO’s dynamic Music Director, returns to St David’s Hall after thrilling audiences at concerts in the 2016 – 17 and 2017 – 18 series.
WNO are thrilled to be joined by the brilliant young Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, a former BBC New Generation Artist and described by the Telegraph as ‘a marvel of musicality and technique combined’. Narek joins the WNO Orchestra to perform a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire - Elgar’s Cello Concerto, a work transformed from relative obscurity to one of the most beloved audience favourites by Jacqueline du Pré’s famous 1965 recording.
The second half of the concert features two pieces by Janáček – a passion for Tomáš who was born in the composer’s home town of Brno in the Czech Republic. Slovak Baritone Gustáv Beláček brings to life the closing scenes of The Cunning Little Vixen, as the Forester reflects on his grief, death and the cyclical nature of life. The concert concludes with Janáček’s magnificent Sinfonietta, a hugely celebratory work which the composer dedicated to the Czechoslovak Army, replete with powerful brass fanfares and a gloriously triumphant finale.
Mathew and Lucy Prichard