Llewellyn Two: Miracles in the Age of Reason

Wednesday 18th May - 7:30pm
Thursday 19th May - 7:30pm
Llewellyn Hall
Canberra Symphony Orchestra

The philosophical and artistic forces at work in Europe in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were – in France, at least – outright revolutionary. Guided by values of rationality, order and science, Enlightenment thinkers championed individual reason as the source of truth, flying in the face of centuries-old traditions and religious ideas, including (dangerously) the ‘divine right’ of kings.

This upheaval resonates in Rameau’s Platée, a comic masterpiece of exhilarating sonic colour that turned operatic conventions upside down. Meanwhile, reason shines in the works of CPE Bach, whose intellectual rigour lent rationality to even the boldest of his musical experiments.

Mozart was deeply influenced by the intellectual discourse, religious inquiry and political debate swirling in Vienna by the late eighteenth century. Composed in the summer of 1788, his Symphony No. 39 is exuberant and unbounded, full of inventive flourishes.

Penned in the late 1970's, Richard Meale's Cantilena Pacifica was written as an eulogy for a dear friend.  Transparent, lyrical and achingly beautiful, it is a work of deeply lucid emotional truth.


Benjamin Bayl Conductor
Emma Sholl Flute
Canberra Symphony Orchestra


RAMEAU Suite from Platée

CPE BACH Flute Concerto in D minor, Wq. 22

RICHARD MEALE Cantilena Pacifica

MOZART Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543