THE ACO ON SPOTIFY
Supported by The Thomas Foundation
In 2015, we partnered with Spotify, the world’s largest and most successful music service of its kind, to release six concert recordings throughout the year as ACO Sessions on Spotify. Mastered and released for Spotify, the sessions have been selected from the ACO’s extensive live performance back catalogue, and include performances of major works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Barber, Haydn, Mozart and Sibelius.
In 2016, we've partnered with the ABC to release our concert recording of Mozart Last Symphonies, to great audience acclaim. Watch this space for new releases coming soon.
Mozart's Last Symphonies
To celebrate 25 years at the helm of the ACO and the 40th anniversary of the Orchestra, Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra toured the country with what could only be described as a symphonic event - Mozart's last three symphonies. The symphonies were captured in live recordings on the first week of the tour.
In 2011, the ACO opened ‘Glittering Fröst’, with Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, one of the happiest and sunniest pieces of music a person could hope to hear.
Ingrid Piper, The Daily Telegraph, wrote:
‘Reinventing the familiar is difficult territory – once ventured into, it has to be performed well and judging from the audience's reaction, Tognetti's Nachtmusic passed with flying colours.’
The ACO opened their 2013 ‘Tognetti’s Mozart’ concert with Haydn’s Symphony No. 49, whose drama and driving rhythms have created the nickname ‘La passione’. Haydn was the towering symphonist of the 18th century, setting the benchmark for Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms who followed.
For Canberra Times, Peter McCallum wrote of the performance:
‘In Haydn's Symphony No. 49 the ACO's approach was subdued and brooding to the point of understatement, highlighting Haydn's unusually extreme dynamic markings in the first movement’.
Mendelssohn’s favourite of his String Quartets was No.3, which he thought people would cherish for its unusual passion – perfect in the hands of Richard Tognetti.
In her review of the concert, Anna McAlister, Herald Sun, wrote:
‘These orchestrations replace the clear intimacy of chamber music with a larger, lusher quality … Here, ACO performed with the energy, virtuosity and detailed musical intent that make them shine.’
In monumental program of Romanticism at its very best, the 2014 ‘Mahler 4 & Sibelius 6’ tour saw the ACO’s first ever performance of this landmark of 20th century music, which is rooted in the pride, nature and folklore of Sibelius’s native Finland.
Imogen Riethmuller, Limelight, wrote:
‘They played the lyrical passages effortlessly, and there was a sweetness and poignancy to the tone appropriate for the Romantic elements and melancholy of Sibelius’ work. In the more agitated sections, the group displayed wonderful energy and intensity: a tribute to both their musicality and Tognetti’s precise conducting.’
Renowned for its mournful tone, Barber’s Adagio for Strings has featured in various movies, as well as being played in memory of John F. Kennedy and the victims of September 11. Here the piece featured as part of ‘The Rest is Noise’, a 2011 concert series curated by the New Yorker’s music critic, Alex Ross.
Eamonn Kelly, The Australian, wrote:
‘The viola section was astoundingly good, adding rare depth to the middle harmonies of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings’.
In 2013, the ACO performed Brahms’ towering Symphony No.4 for the first time. From its intense first movement to its powerful and tragic finale, Brahms’ monumental final symphony is regarded as his greatest. This work, which bursts with rich harmonies and exquisite melodies, saw the ACO expand to full symphonic force.
Of the performance, Harriet Cunningham, The Sydney Morning Herald, wrote:
‘The resulting sound was a revelation: superbly blended horns and trumpets without the bright blare of a modern symphonic sound, an agile, liquid tone from flutes and clarinets and a gorgeous warmth in the lower wind and brass, all matched with a string sound with a bold but never harsh attack.’
Dotted around the website you'll find Spotify playlists to help give you a flavour of what you can expect from each of our concerts.