WNO Music Director Tomáš Hanus conducts the WNO Orchestra in a delightful ICS concert
Strauss Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
Mozart Piano Concerto No 27
Brahms Symphony No 3
Following acclaimed performances of Der Rosenkavalier on WNO’s main stage in 2017 (‘He and his terrific orchestra don’t miss a trick in a reading that is sumptuous and expansive as well as vivacious and witty’), Music Director Tomáš Hanus returns to the music of Richard Strauss, in this playful tone-poem recounting the life and misadventures of a Germanic folk-hero in Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.
We follow this with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 27, the composer’s final sublime and unique contribution to the form. We present this masterpiece in the hands of Paul Lewis CBE, internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation and amongst the foremost interpreters of Mozart and Beethoven’s piano works.
After the interval, Tomáš conducts Brahms’ Symphony No 3. Composed while on holiday retreat along the Rhine, his 3rd Symphony is perhaps his most enigmatic. The work is filled with the wonderful lyricism, meticulous structure and ever-shifting texture of colours and keys for which Brahms is known. But in this particular work we hear also an inescapable sense of tranquillity and calmness. As Edward Elgar later pointed out, all four movements end quietly – something only a composer of Brahms’ genius could have written to sound so natural.
Mathew and Lucy Prichard