We caught up with cellist Julian Thompson to hear his thoughts on the upcoming national tour featuring the Basel Chamber Orchestra with Sol Gabetta, as part of an international chamber music exchange that will see the ACO perform in Switzerland in 2016.
'In November 2015 we’re doing something that we’ve never done before and we’re bringing the Basel Chamber Orchestra, one of the world’s most highly regarded chamber orchestras to Australia to play for Australian audiences. The Basel Chamber Orchestra, they’re quite similar to the ACO in lots of ways. They are a really dynamic performing ensemble and it’s very exciting for us to bring them to Australia. They’re bringing with them a very exciting cello soloist, Sol Gabetta, who the ACO played with in Europe, and she’s going to be playing the Haydn in D major Cello Concerto, which is a beautiful work.
The Basel Chamber Orchestra have played a very important role in the development of the chamber orchestra repertoire. They’ve commissioned some of the most important works in our repertoire. It’s going to be extremely interesting to hear the chamber orchestra play the Bartók, specially, given that the work was written for them and it’s going to be interesting to see how they approach it compare to how we play it, as this is a piece that we also play quite a lot.
Bringing the Basel Chamber Orchestra to Australia is part of a cultural exchange, and they’re coming here in 2015 and we’ll be performing in Basel in 2016.'
#ACO15: Basel Chamber Orchestra with Sol Gabetta
The Basel Chamber Orchestra makes its Australian debut in these special performances featuring renowned cellist Sol Gabetta.
FAURE Après un rêve
SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33
HOLLIGER Meta arca
BOCCHERINI Cello Concerto
HAYDN Symphony No.59 in A major, ‘Fire’
PĒTERIS VASKS Cello Concerto No.2, ‘Klātbūtne’ (Australian Premiere)
*Mon 23 Nov 8pm (Melbourne – Arts Centre) only