Conductor: Duncan Ward
Cello: Leonard Elschenbroich
Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
A big works concert without a doubt. Debussy’s sensuous impressionist note painting of a soporific afternoon in a dappled wood is followed by Elgar’s ever popular masterpiece for cello and orchestra. Bartók and his family fled from war-torn Europe and settled in America in 1940, but ill health, financial problems and a yearning for his native Hungary and its music did not make for a settled time in America. However, a lucrative commission for a large work inspired the ailing composer to write this showcase for a big orchestra in just seven weeks. It is full of broad sweeping tunes, regret and sadness but also humour.
This concert is supported by Haigh Architects and Patron Jane Panton.