2012 NATIONAL CONCERT SEASON
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
CHOPIN & MENDELSSOHN’S OCTET
RICHARD TOGNETTI // ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Combining sparkling virtuosity with tender lyricism, Chopin’s First Piano Concerto is an ideal vehicle for the unique talents of Polina Leschenko. Although Górecki is best known for his haunting and heartfelt Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, his Piano Concerto bristles with driving rhythms and energy.
Richard Tognetti was appointed Artistic Director and Lead Violin in 1989. Under his inspiring leadership, the ACO performs as a flexible and versatile ‘ensemble of soloists’, on modern and period instruments, as a chamber group, symphony orchestra and electro-acoustic collective. The ACO’s unique artistic style encompasses masterworks of the classical repertoire, innovative cross-artform projects and a vigorous commissioning program. In a nod to past traditions, only the cellists are seated – the resulting sense of energy and individuality is one of the most commented-upon elements of ACO performances. Forty-nine international tours across Asia, Europe and the USA have drawn outstanding reviews for the ACO’s performances at the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. The ACO has made many acclaimed recordings for labels including ABC Classics, BIS, Sony, Hyperion, EMI and Chandos (see aco.com.au/shop).
Highlights include the three-time ARIA Awardwinning Bach recordings and complete Mozart Violin Concertos. The ACO appears in the television series Classical Destinations II and the awardwinning film Musica Surfica. Several of the ACO’s musicians perform with spectacularly fine instruments. Tognetti plays a 1743 Guarneri del Gesù violin, on loan from an anonymous Australian benefactor. Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve plays a 1729 Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andreæ cello, on loan from Mr Peter Weiss AM. Principal 2nd Violin Helena Rathbone plays a 1759 Guadagnini violin on loan from the Commonwealth Bank Group. Assistant Leader Satu Vänskä plays a 1728/29 Stradivarius violin owned by the ACO Instrument Fund, which gives investors and donors the opportunity to participate in the ownership of historic instruments. The ACO’s ambitious national education program includes mentoring of outstanding young musicians, the elite training and regional touring orchestra ACO2 and schools programs.
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Internationally renowned for inspired programming and the rapturous response of audiences and critics, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is a product of our country’s vibrant, adventurous and enquiring spirit. In performances across Australia, around the world and on many recordings, the ACO moves hearts and stimulates minds with repertoire spanning six centuries and a vitality and virtuosity unmatched by other ensembles.
Mendelssohn’s Octet is a staple of the ACO’s repertoire, its carefree exuberance belying its fiendish technical intricacies.
“Some of the most poetic and devastatingly beautiful piano playing I have heard... What a night.” The Herald
“The enthusiasm and tightness of the ACO was nowhere better shown than in the Mendelssohn with its joyful, sweeping opening movement, quicksilver scherzo and romping closing figure.” Cumberland Newspapers “Eight players from the orchestra revelled in the musical high jinks of Mendelssohn’s Octet.” Adelaide Advertiser The tonal riches of the ACO’s three legendary violins – Stradivari, Guarneri and Guadagnini – are revealed in Richard Tognetti’s specially created arrangement of Paganini’s dazzling Caprices. PAGANINI (arr. Tognetti) Caprice on Caprices MORRICONE Exercises I: Adagio CHOPIN (arr. Tognetti) Piano Concerto No.1 GÓRECKI Piano Concerto MENDELSSOHN Octet Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin Polina Leschenko Piano ADELAIDE Tue 21 Feb 8pm BRISBANE Mon 13 Feb 8pm CANBERRA Sat 18 Feb 8pm MELBOURNE TOWN HALL Sun 19 Feb 2.30pm, Mon 20 Feb 8pm NEWCASTLE Thu 16 Feb 7.30pm PERTH Wed 22 Feb 7.30pm SYDNEY – CITY RECITAL HALL ANGEL PLACE Tue 14 Feb 8pm, Wed 15 Feb 7pm, Sat 11 Feb 7pm SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE Sun 12 Feb 2pm
TOUR THREE // PRESENTED BY BNP PARIBAS
THE HILLIARD ENSEMBLE
DANIELLE DE NIESE
“Peerless” Sun Sentinel “Hypnotic” LA Weekly
Danielle de Niese was born in Melbourne and won Young Talent Time aged nine, then moved to Los Angeles, won an Emmy and made her debut with the LA Opera aged 15. She has blossomed into one of the hottest properties in opera, enrapturing audiences in roles like Cleopatra, Euridice and Susanna at Glyndebourne, the Metropolitan Opera and on screen.
This concert also celebrates the luscious ACO string sound with two opulent works by Elgar and Arensky after Tchaikovsky. ELGAR Serenade for strings SHERYNGHAM Ah, gentle Jesu RASKATOV Obikhod (Australian Premiere) PÄRT Most Holy Mother of God GREGORIAN CHANT Veni Creator Spiritus ANON. (FRENCH MEDIEVAL) Veni Creator Spiritus EDWARDS Veni Creator Spiritus ARENSKY Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky Helena Rathbone Lead Violin The Hilliard Ensemble ADELAIDE Tue 13 Mar 8pm BRISBANE Mon 12 Mar 8pm CANBERRA Sat 10 Mar 8pm MELBOURNE TOWN HALL Sun 18 Mar 2.30pm, Mon 19 Mar 8pm SYDNEY – CITY RECITAL HALL ANGEL PLACE Tue 20 Mar 8pm, Wed 21 Mar 7pm, Sat 17 Mar 7pm SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE Sun 11 Mar 2pm WOLLONGONG Thu 22 Mar 7.30pm
Danielle de Niese
The Hilliard Ensemble
The Hilliard Ensemble is famous for mesmerising performances and chart-topping recordings of early and contemporary vocal music. Gregorian chant and French medieval hymn hypnotically intertwine with Edwards’ orchestral setting of Veni Creator Spiritus (Come Holy Spirit). A cappella prayers from 15th century England and Arvo Pärt join Raskatov’s Russian Orthodox chant setting, written for The Hilliard Ensemble and string orchestra.
“De Niese has a voice made for Mozart: bright, beautiful, agile and creamy.” National Public Radio “The joy of singing radiates from her.” The Times
To celebrate her professional debut in her home country, de Niese sings a specially commissioned Australian work, which also marks the centenary of Australia’s Nobel laureate Patrick White. She also shines in Mozart’s joyous Exsultate jubilate, matched with a flourish by a symphony from one of Mozart’s early operas. Schubert’s haunting song, Death and the Maiden, is at the heart of his famous and dramatic quartet. MOZART Symphony K196/121, “La finta giardiniera” VINE New work (text by Patrick White) MEALE Cantilena Pacifica MOZART Exsultate jubilate SCHUBERT (arr. Tognetti) Death and the Maiden SCHUBERT (arr. Tognetti) String Quartet No.14, “Death and the Maiden” Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin Danielle de Niese Soprano ADELAIDE Wed 20 Jun 8pm BRISBANE Mon 25 Jun 8pm MELBOURNE TOWN HALL Sun 17 Jun 2.30pm, Mon 18 Jun 8pm SYDNEY – CITY RECITAL HALL ANGEL PLACE Tue 12 Jun 8pm, Wed 13 Jun 7pm, Sat 9 Jun 7pm SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE Sun 24 Jun 2pm WOLLONGONG Thu 7 Jun 7.30pm NATIONAL tour partner
TOUR FOUR // PRESENTED BY TRANSFIELD
Presented by the ACO and Tura New Music
TROUT QUINTET & QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME
This concert pairs two great works inspired by very different experiences away from home, both written for the musicians available and, as a result, for unusual combinations of instruments.
In his most adventurous project to date, Richard Tognetti takes musicians and surfers to the rugged surf coast and tough desert landscape of northern Western Australia to create a new performance piece at the intersection of music and nature.
Aged 22, Schubert had his first holiday in the country. In the Trout, he captures the mood of those carefree summer days and his ecstatic delight in the countryside, in warm, beguiling melodies and harmonies.
Travelling with Tognetti from Darwin to Perth via world heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, making music and surfing with the locals along the way, is a remarkable collection of artists: photographer Jon Frank, director Mick Sowry, composer Iain Grandage, didjeridu master Mark Atkins and the young musicians of ACO2.
Saleem Abboud Ashkar
A prisoner of war, Messiaen wrote the Quartet for the End of Time for the musicians he found in the
“His brilliant technique allowed him to play with wonderful phrasing and tender shimmering sounds.” Der Bund
camp, premiering it to an audience of inmates and guards. “Never,” he said, “was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension.” Critic Alex Ross calls it “the most ethereally beautiful music of the 20th century...as overpowering now as it was on that frigid night in 1941.”
Together they’ll create a performance using music and film to delve further into the links between surfing, the ocean, landscape and music previously illuminated in Musica Surfica and The Glide. Tognetti also directs ACO2, the next generation of Australia’s top string players, in Shostakovich, Bach and more.
ACO Principals are joined by clarinettist Paul Dean and dynamic young Israeli-Palestinian pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar, making his Australian debut.
GRANDAGE New work for strings and film CRUMB Black Angels (excerpts) SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony Op.110 BACH Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV1041
SCHUBERT Piano Quintet, “Trout” MESSIAEN Quartet for the End of Time Helena Rathbone Violin Christopher Moore Viola Timo-Veikko Valve Cello Maxime Bibeau Double Bass Paul Dean Clarinet Saleem Abboud Ashkar Piano
Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin Mark Atkins Didjeridu Jon Frank Photographic Images and Footage A CO 2 PERTH Wed 18 Jul 7.30pm SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE Mon 23 Jul 7pm
ADELAIDE Tue 24 Jul 8pm BRISBANE Wed 11 Jul 8pm CANBERRA Sat 21 Jul 8pm MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE Mon 16 Jul 8pm, Sun 22 Jul 2.30pm, Mon 23 Jul 8pm NEWCASTLE Thu 12 Jul 7.30pm SYDNEY – CITY RECITAL HALL ANGEL PLACE Tue 17 Jul 8pm, Wed 18 Jul 7pm, Sat 14 Jul 7pm SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE Sun 15 Jul 2pm WOLLONGONG Thu 19 Jul 7.30pm
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TOUR FIVE // PRESENTED BY IBM
TOUR SIX // PRESENTED BY VANGUARD
BEETHOVEN 9, ODE TO JOY
MOZART, HANDEL & VIVALDI CONCERTOS
The ACO’s internationally-acclaimed Beethoven symphony series reaches its climax with Symphony No.9, featuring one of the finest British choirs and an exceptional line-up of soloists.
One of the world’s finest keyboard players, respected conductor and historian, and director of the Academy of Ancient Music, musical firebrand Richard Egarr directs this concert of rousing Baroque music from the harpsichord and performs Mozart’s delightful Piano Concerto No.12 on the fortepiano.
Critics called the ACO’s recent Beethoven concert in London “the finest concert of the summer” and spoke of “thrilling playing”, “vibrant drive” and “total involvement”, concluding, “this compact chamber orchestra matches anything Europe can offer in energy, precision and interpretative rigour.” Building to the symphony, a trio of serene yet intense works, swelling to Beethoven’s depiction of a sea voyage.
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
MESSIAEN Prayer of Christ ascending towards his Father, from L’Ascension BRAHMS Geistliches Lied BEETHOVEN Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9 Richard Tognetti Conductor Choir of Clare College, Cambridge (Graham Ross Director) Lucy Crowe Soprano Fiona Campbell Mezzo Soprano Allan Clayton Tenor Matthew Brook Bass ADELAIDE Tue 14 Aug 8pm BRISBANE Mon 6 Aug 8pm CANBERRA Sat 4 Aug 8pm MELBOURNE – THE ARTS CENTRE Sun 12 Aug 2.30pm, Mon 13 Aug 8pm PERTH Wed 15 Aug 7.30pm SYDNEY – CITY RECITAL HALL ANGEL PLACE Tue 7 Aug 8pm, Wed 8 Aug 7pm, Sat 11 Aug 7pm SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE Sun 5 Aug 2pm, Thu 9 Aug 8pm
Egarr’s program displays all the invention and innovation that abounded through the 17th and 18th centuries, calling on virtuosic techniques that still excite the ear. Egarr introduces the music in talks one hour before each concert.
“‘The Bernstein of Early Music’...He’s one of the most exciting and delightful musicians of our time.” National Public Radio
Satu Vänskä plays a dashing Vivaldi concerto on the ACO’s Stradivarius violin. CORELLI Concerto Grosso, Op.6 No.1 CASTELLO Two Sonatas, “per stromenti d’arco” BIBER Battalia VIVALDI Violin Concerto, RV190 MOZART Piano Concerto No.12 HANDEL Concerto Grosso, Op.6 No.1 Richard Egarr Guest Director, Harpsichord, Fortepiano Satu Vänskä Lead Violin ADELAIDE Tue 9 Oct 8pm CANBERRA Sat 6 Oct 8pm MELBOURNE – THE ARTS CENTRE Sun 7 Oct 2.30pm, Mon 8 Oct 8pm NEWCASTLE Thu 18 Oct 7.30pm PERTH Wed 10 Oct 7.30pm SYDNEY – CITY RECITAL HALL ANGEL PLACE Tue 16 Oct 8pm, Wed 17 Oct 7pm, Sat 13 Oct 7pm SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE Sun 14 Oct 2pm WOLLONGONG Mon 15 Oct 7.30pm NATIONAL tour partner
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TOUR SEVEN // PRESENTED BY Commonwealth Bank
SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY
A mutual passion for Rameau’s perfumed and powerful French Baroque dance music sparks this new production by Rafael Bonachela and Richard Tognetti. Rameau’s flair for rhythm and melody, and feeling for choreography, leads many to name him the greatest-ever ballet composer, certainly the most influential. Bonachela’s dynamic choreography, innate musicality and theatricality serve to illuminate this brilliant music.
As soon as he played with the ACO, Steven Osborne wanted to return with Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1, for it requires an immensely virtuosic string orchestra, flexibility and humour veering on craziness. The time has now come with this all-Russian concert. Brimming with carefree energy, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir is an exuberant postcard from an Italian summer holiday. “The ACO...set the audience in a spin with its heady version of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. Richard Tognetti was intent on making the most of the Russian nostalgia, romancing his violins, sending the audience into a clapping frenzy.” Herald Sun
“Sydney Dance Company is at the peak of its powers...some of the most exciting contemporary dance I’ve seen in years.” Sun-Herald RAMEAU Dances from Dardanus, Les Boréades, Castor et Pollux and others Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin Rafael Bonachela Artistic Director and Choreographer Sydney Dance Company SYDNEY THEATRE Mon 29 Oct 8pm, Tue 30 Oct 8pm, Wed 31 Oct 12pm, Wed 31 Oct 6.30pm, Thu 1 Nov 8pm, Fri 2 Nov 8pm, Sat 3 Nov 4pm, Sat 3 Nov 8pm This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
“Steven Osborne unleashed a spectacular performance…packed to the roof with fun, wit, fireworks, dazzling pianism.” The Herald
PROKOFIEV (arr. Barshai/Tognetti) Visions fugitives SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No.1 SHOSTAKOVICH Octet TCHAIKOVSKY Souvenir de Florence Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin Steven Osborne Piano David Elton Trumpet BRISBANE Mon 19 Nov 8pm CANBERRA Sat 10 Nov 8pm MELBOURNE – THE ARTS CENTRE Sun 11 Nov 2.30pm, Mon 12 Nov 8pm NEWCASTLE Thu 22 Nov 7.30pm PERTH Wed 14 Nov 7.30pm SYDNEY – CITY RECITAL HALL ANGEL PLACE Tue 20 Nov 8pm, Wed 21 Nov 7pm, Sat 17 Nov 7pm SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE Sun 25 Nov 2pm NATIONAL tour partner
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