ActewAGL Llewellyn Three
Nicholas Milton AM Conductor
Artistic patronage ActewAGL
Dimity Hall Violin, Julian Smiles Cello, Piers Lane Piano
Julian Smiles is 2018 CSO Artist-in-Focus
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BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture, op. 80
BEETHOVEN: Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello
and Piano in C major, op. 56
ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme Enigma, op. 36
Pre-concert talk 6.45pm
Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture exudes lyrical warmth, excitement and humour in his boisterous homage to student drinking songs, dressed in the rigorous formality of German romanticism. The festivities continue with Beethoven’s unique masterpiece, the Triple Concerto. Utmost virtuosity and intimate teamwork are demanded of the soloists in a complex interplay between trio and orchestra. This piece features 2018 Artist-in-Focus Julian Smiles on cello, joined by acclaimed musicians Dimity Hall (violin) and Piers Lane (piano). The glorious and endearing Enigma Variations by Elgar depict a majestic series of character portraits. Each variation illustrates one of Elgar’s family members or friends in a musical cryptogram that draws inspiration from lost loves, barking bulldogs and the composer’s toughest critics.