Slavonic Romance & Fairy-Tales of Adventure
Conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguire
Soloist Guy Johnston
Glinka Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture
Dvorak Cello Concerto
Guy Johnston, whose many early artistic successes included winning BBC Young Musician of the Year, has now established himself as one of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation, performing as international soloist, chamber musician and guest principal. In 2018 he was appointed Associate Professor Cello at the Eastman School of Music in New York. The abundant, lyrical inventiveness of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto is the perfect vehicle for his “burnished and varied sound” (New York Times).
The irresistible Slavonic colours of Dvorak’s concerto are mirrored by the exotic scene-painting of two other composers in tales of myth and magic. Glinka’s glittering overture to ‘Ruslan and Lyudmila’ is dominated by nationalistic themes whilst Rimsky’ Korsakov’s Scheherazade is an apotheosis of Russian orientalism, elegantly combining its seductive story-telling with the vivid instrumentation and stirring tunefulness that make it such a concert favourite.
BHCO are delighted to be performing again under the baton of Berlin-based conductor, Catherine Larsen-Maguire.