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The ACO Celebrates Mozart

Posted on 29 Jul 2015 by Leo Messias


ACO Artistic Director and Lead Violin Richard Tognetti and ACO Principal Viola Christopher Moore. 

To complement the performance of the Brahms’ Third Symphony in the Brahms 3 & Mozart Sinfonia concertante national tour, audiences can also bask in two beautiful works by Mozart: the Overture from The Magic Flute and a rare opportunity to hear Tognetti and the ACO’s Principal Viola, Christopher Moore, perform the dazzling Sinfonia concertante.

After critical acclaim and 4 star reviews in 2009, Moore and Tognetti return to the stage to perform Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante, one of the seminal string works in the classical repertoire for violin, viola and orchestra.

The Sinfonia concertante features a bright interplay between the virtuosic soloist performances of the viola and violin, combining it with the elegant melodies of the orchestra.

For Christopher Moore, his enthusiasm for this work is unwavering, calling it almost perfect.

“Playing the Sinfonia concertante for the first time with Richard Tognetti was almost like a baptism of fire. For each performance we explored something different and the chemistry between Richard and myself was fantastic.”

“I can’t help feel that the viola part is Mozart’s voice. The sound and relationship between the viola and violin is both conversational and transcendent, there is no way you would want to change anything. I guess that’s why I would say it’s perfect”, said Moore.

The ACO was incredibly fortunate to be lent the 1610 Maggini viola (the second oldest instrument in the ACO collection) by an anonymous donor. This concert will be the first time the viola is featured as a solo instrument in a concerto on a main stage ACO tour, so audiences will be in for a treat.

“The Maggini brings a new fruity, richness to the viola section and I’m lucky enough to play it. If you look at this instrument, it has stripes on it that look like a tiger. It growls like a tiger and runs like a tiger and that’s what you need in this piece, with all the fast passages and rich tones to contrast the violin,” said Moore.

The Sinfonia concertante is telling of Mozart’s love for the viola. In fact it has long been assumed that Mozart wrote the composition to play the viola solo himself.

The ACO’s Brahms 3 tour hits the road in August, touring Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

#ACO15: Brahms 3 & Mozart Sinfonia Concertante
16-26 August

Discover the ACO in full symphonic force, directed by Richard Tognetti.

Experience the ACO in grand style in a program that includes Brahm’s monumental Third Symphony, Mozart’s dazzling Sinfonia Concertante and The Magic Flute Overture.

MOZART The Magic Flute Overture
MOZARTSinfonia concertante in E-flat major
BRAHMS Symphony No.3 in F major