Young musicians give virtuoso performances

Review: The brilliance of youth

28th February, 2016
Narek Haknazaryan: cellist mastered Lutoslawski’s ‘unplayable’ work

This concert was notable for a number of things, not least the brilliance of youth when given its head. Both guest cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan (Armenia) and conductor Duncan Ward (England) are in their mid-20s, but looked like they had not long left school. However, such was the force and maturity of their performances that pondering them could easily have obscured the music itself.

Hakhnazaryan’s virtuosity on Lutoslawski’s concerto was mesmerising, particularly considering the finger-twisting...

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