Julian Thompson recording the music for Mountain.
To be involved in the genesis of some of ACO's multimedia creations has been quite a ride! I remember back in 2007, not long after I'd joined the orchestra, Richard cornered me and said something along the lines of "Right! We're off to King Island with a bunch of surfers and alternative surf-craft. Bring a wetsuit and your electric cello!" That was the beginning of Musica Surfica.
Our most recent intersection between music and film The Reef, has toured around Australia and also the US, UK and Hong Kong. Following this project, Richard started exploring ideas and concepts in a new arena – mountains - and I suggested he get in touch with the director/producer Jennifer Peedom.
Jennifer Peedom and Richard Tognetti at the ACO Studio in 2016. ®MarkRogers
Jen is a great mate (one of my wife's best friends since way back), and she's created some incredible material including the powerful documentaries Sherpa, Solo and Miracle on Everest. I'd been involved in some of these documentaries, recording the solo cello material, and I thought that her keen intellect and attention to narrative structure would marry perfectly with Richard's deep musical insight and his openness to explore new expressive combinations and permutations. The fruits of this collaboration are going to be truly exceptional.
Richard Tognetti Musical Director & Composer
Jennifer Peedom Director & Producer
Jo-anne McGowan Producer
Tamara-Anna Cislowska Piano
Renan Ozturk Principal Cinematographer
Robert Macfarlane Writer
Willem Dafoe Narrator
Nigel Jamieson Staging Director
Produced by Stranger Than Fiction Films and Lingo Pictures, in association with Camp 4 Collective, Sherpas Cinema and the ACO.
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto: II. Larghetto
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.5 "Emperor": II. Adagio un poco mosso
CHOPIN Nocturne in D-flat major
GRIEG Holberg Suite: I. Präludium
ARVO PÄRT Für Alina
ARVO PÄRT Fratres
RICHARD TOGNETTI Original Compositions
VIVALDI Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor
VIVALDI Winter from The Four Seasons: I. Allegro non molto
VIVALDI Summer from The Four Seasons: III. Presto
Mountain will tour nationally from 3 - 20 August. For more info on the national tour, click here.
Following the National Tour, Mountain will be in cinemas across Australia from 21 September.