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ActewAGL Llewellyn Series


Wednesday 17 May, 2017
Llewellyn Hall, ANU, 7.30pm

Conductor Stanley Dodds
Cello Umberto Clerici

HAYDN Overture to L’isola disabitata, Hob 28/9
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto in A minor, op.129
SCULTHORPE String Sonata No.3 (Jabiru Dreaming)
BRAHMS Symphony No.3 in F major, op.9

Pre-concert talk 6.45pm

For most, the idea of being stranded on a desert island would evoke feelings of loneliness, desperation and chapped lips. But for the ‘Father of Symphony’, it was the ideal setting for a love story. Haydn’s L’isola disabitata (The Desert Island) is the unlikely story of two sisters stranded on a desert island for 13 years, until they are eventually rescued by one sister’s husband and his friend, who goes on to marry the other sister! Continuing this romantic theme, Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor is a work of freshness, humour and deep romantic spirit, which soloist Umberto Clerici will bring to life through the rich tone of his 250-year-old cello. Following the desert island rescue, Peter Sculthorpe’s Kakadu-inspired Jabiru Dreaming will take us straight to Australia’s Northern Territory with its unique insect and bird sounds. We end with Brahms’ third symphony, a sublime tribute to his beloved mentor, Robert Schumann.

“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.”