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Czech Mates: Britten, Dvořák, Wagner, Janáček


04 Nov 2022


19:30 - 21:30


St David's Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH

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Works by Czech composers Dvořák and Janáček are performed alongside masterpieces by Britten and Wagner this Autumn.
Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Dvořák Biblical Songs

Wagner Prelude and Liebestod Tristan

Janáček Sinfonietta

Britten’s attractively atmospheric sea portraits from his first opera, Peter Grimes, received great international success following its premiere in 1945 while Dvořák’s song cycle from 1894 marks the pinnacle of the genre. Full of trust and devotion, they were composed to the words from David´s Book of Psalms.

In stark contrast, Janáček’s blazing Sinfonietta is theatrical in its nature, full of energy and optimism – a vivid masterpiece today considered one of the finest symphonic works of the 20th century.

Completing the programme, Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod. Both pieces expose the inner worlds of Tristan and Isolde whose love is doomed from the start – the ultimate example of romanticism.

WNO Orchestra will be performing this programme at Janáček Theatre in Brno in November 2022