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#ACOonTour: Reviews

Posted on 29 Apr 2015 by Neall Kriete

“… it was a treat to hear that ensemble play a wonderful concert on Sunday afternoon in the 600-seat Zankel Hall, Carnegie’s appealing basement performance space. In that setting, the symphonic grandeur and inventiveness of Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 in G minor, known as The Hen, came through with up-close immediacy, although the fleet, bold performance these impressive Australian musicians gave would have sounded great almost anywhere.”

– ‘Review: Australian Chamber Orchestra Plays Haydn and Mozart
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

“The orchestra, founded 40 years ago and led by violinist Richard Tognetti, plays (with most members standing) with remarkable unity and incisive, transparent clarity. From a seat in the fifth row, usually too close to allow the sound to blend, the orchestra meshed perfectly, with no stray sounds from individual players.”

– ‘Classical review: Australian Chamber Orchestra plays a dark, ghostly Mozart symphony
David Fleshler, South Florida Classical Review

“The Australians, led by concertmaster Richard Tognetti, dove into both works with vigor and liveliness. All the tempos were fast, particularly in the slow movements. What distinguished these performances were the dynamics. The Australians played with constant adjustments in loudness in the way that performers a century or more ago would play with constant minor shifts in tempo. It was far more elaborate than anything marked in the fairly plain scores.”

– ‘Mostly Mozart With a Touch of Modern at Stanford
David Bratman, San Francisco Classical Voice

“The orchestra opened its concert with a zesty race through Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 (The Hen), making the most of the quietly droll jokes in the second movement and firing away like a juggernaut in the crackling finale. Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 was treated to a fine, jet-propelled performance, with thrust and anguish that approached the point of vehemence — which the music can take — in the finale.”

– ‘Australians Float U.S. Journey On Water Premiere
Richard S. Ginell, Classical Voice North America