Canberra Symphony Orchestra - Llewellyn One: Organ Symphony

Nicholas Milton kicks off Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s stunning 2020 season with Beethoven’s dramatic Overture. Written for a staging of Goethe’s politically charged play Egmont, performed in Vienna following Napoleon’s occupation, the music is a powerful call for courage in the face of oppression.

We then travel from 19th century Vienna to modern day Australia, with the shifting landscapes and crowded train stations of rising star composer Natalie Williams’ XPT, inspired by an overnight journey from Sydney to Melbourne, alongside Carl Vine’s bristling Percussion Symphony.

The concert concludes with Saint-Saëns’ monumental Organ Symphony — his Third — dedicated to the memory of Franz Liszt. Saint-Saëns’ final symphony is almost autobiographical, charting the composer’s career. “I gave everything to it I was able to give,” he said. “What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again.” When he heard the premiere, fellow composer Charles Gounod exclaimed “There goes the French Beethoven!”

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