Avril Coleridge-Taylor Sussex Landscape
Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello
Elgar Enigma Variations
DANIELE RUSTIONI CONDUCTOR
FRANCESCA DEGO VIOLIN
DANIEL MÜLLER-SCHOTT CELLO
Avril Coleridge-Taylor’s Sussex Landscape sounds as though it should be gentle and pastoral, but instead it’s full of darkness and drama – as Fiona Maddocks of The Guardian put it, “her turbulent tone-poem turns the gentle Sussex landscape into the kind of place wolves might like”. From this tempestuous opening, we turn to a work that was written to heal a rift in the friendship between Brahms and violinist Joseph Joachim. Artist in Focus Francesca Dego is joined by Daniel Müller-Schott to perform this lyrical work, in which the two soloists perform so closely together it’s as if the piece is written for a single 8-stringed instrument of vast proportions. Closing the concert is the work that is, quite simply, one of the nation’s best-loved classics, Elgar’s heartfelt and humorous tributes to a number of his friends, the Enigma Variations.
Our thanks to the Sirens Fund for supporting the performance of Avril Coleridge-Taylor’s piece, Sussex Landscape.