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Elgar’s Cryptic Enigma Variations 2024-2025

Admired for the exhilirating intensity of her playing, Karen Gomyo performs Schumann’s Violin Concerto. Elgar’s Enigma Variations complete this program conducted by John Storgårds.


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Admired for the vibrant intensity of her playing, Karen Gomyo will perform Schumann’s Violin Concerto, a work that showcases her instrument’s full expressive and tonal range. Two unsolved enigmas remain in Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations: first, the composer never revealed the origin of the work’s main theme. Second, the title of each variation gives only the initials of the friend or family member whose personality is being depicted, in many instances by imitating the style of a German composer.


Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

John Storgårds, conductor

Karen Gomyo, violin


Felix Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream*, Overture, op. 21 (12 min.)

Robert Schumann, Violin Concerto in D minor (31 min.)

Intermission (20 min)

Frederick Delius, A Village Romeo and Juliet: ‘‘The Walk to the Paradise Garden’’ (8 min.)

Edward Elgar, Enigma Variations, op. 36 (29 min.)

* October 9 concert only.

Total duration100minutes