ActewAGL Llewellyn Four
Nicholas Milton AM Conductor
Artistic Patronage ActewAGL
Umberto Clerici Cello
FREE Pre-concert talk 6.45pm
ELGAR Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, op. 85
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 74 Pathetique
Umberto Clerici thrilled audiences with Schumann’s Cello Concerto in 2017 and now we welcome back the acclaimed Italian-born cellist for the final ActewAGL Llewellyn concert of 2019 with conductor Nicholas Milton on
Elgar wrote his dramatic Cello Concerto in the aftermath of the First World War, but it skyrocketed to the top of the charts when the 20-year-old Jacqueline du Pré recorded it in the 1960s, and with its beautiful, moving melodies, it has remained an audience favourite ever since. What better music to pair it with than that of the great Russian melodist Tchaikovsky? Tchaikovsky described his Sixth Symphony, which he conducted nine days before he died, as the best thing
he had ever written.
The concert opens with Sibelius’s Finlandia, an impassioned tribute to the Finnish people and landscape, then under Russian occupation.
Soloist, chamber musician, principal cellist, teacher, cultural innovator: Umberto Clerici’s multifaceted artistic and creative activity can be summed up in these five dimensions.
Born in Turin, Italy, Umberto began studying cello at the age of 5, continuing later at the Conservatoire of Music in Turin. Clerici mastered his art with Mario Brunello and David Géringas, both of whom opened to him new musical dimensions of fantasy and rigour. Read More
The ActewAGL Llewellyn Series is the largest of the CSO’s annual concert series. It takes inspiration from the late Ernest Llewellyn, a true pioneer of classical music in Canberra who always strived for musical excellence.
The series highlights the skill, talent and artistry of CSO musicians as they perform classic and contemporary symphonic masterworks from composers past and present, international and Australian. The series also showcases world-class soloists.