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In the Press: Mostly Mendelssohn

Posted on 19 May 2015 by Leo Messias


‘Tognetti’s chamber version is comparable in inventiveness and brilliance to the teenage Mendelssohn’s string octet.’

‘The performers were superb: their swift speeds, sensitive phrasing and astute contrasts in mood, tempo and dynamics captured the concerto’s balance of energy, drama and lyricism.’

Murray Black, The Australian, 19 May
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‘An earnest, breathless and strikingly accomplished performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in an arrangement by Richard Tognetti’

Janet Wilson, Sydney Morning Herald, 18 May
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‘Jackiw is an exciting talent who is on the verge of classical music stardom.’

Steve Moffat, The Daily Telegraph, 19 May
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‘It’s mind-boggling that such a young person could express such emotion. This music has a haunting duality of the joy and innocence and hopefulness of youth, juxtaposed with a darker searching and a restless urgency.’

Stefan Jackiw on Felix Mendelssohn’s composing abilities, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 May
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One of the oldest and largest orchestral instruments in the world is featuring in its biggest role ever in Australia.

ACO Principal Double Bass Maxime Bibeau, SBS News interview, 18 May
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A chance discovery in an ancient monastery. Passion. Intrigue. Painstaking detective work…

Sounding like the plot of a Dan Brown novel? This is the story of a remarkable double bass that has found its way to Australia some 500 years after being made in northern Italy by master luthier Gasparo da Salo.

Nick Galvin, Sydney Morning Herald interview with ACO Principal Double Bass Maxime Bibeau, 12 May
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Picture: Danny Aarons

She is a tall, curvy, Italian and the older she gets, the more coveted she becomes. Meet the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s 400-year-old double bass and the man charged with her protection — Maxime Bibeau.

‘There’s nothing like it. This is an instrument that is like a piece of history, like a great piece of art but you can use it.’

Maxime Bibeau, ACO Principal Double Bass, Daily Telegraph, 14 May
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14-25 May

American violin virtuoso Stefan Jackiw takes on Mendelssohn’s famous E minor violin concerto in an intimate arrangement for string orchestra.

MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor
MENDELSSOHN String Symphony No. 9 in C major
BOTTESINI Gran Duo for Double Bass and Violin
WOLF Italian Serenade