The final concert in our National Tour Season is a big, exuberant celebration. After a brief intro from Australian composer Andrew Ford, we present the Australian Premiere of American composer Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo, revving up for a showdown by two of the most important names in the romantic era.
Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák were close friends, spiritually as well as professionally. Brahms embraced his rich Germanic music tradition, while Dvořák was carving out a new sound, rooted in the music of his own homeland. Brahms admired the young composer’s dazzling melodic and rhythmic skills and championed his work on an international scale.
Richard Tognetti and Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve perform Brahms’s Double Concerto, the composer’s last orchestral work. Brahms’s aim in combining the two solo instruments was to create a deeply sonorous and wide-ranging string sound. Dvořák’s Symphony No.8 expresses a kaleidoscope of emotions and manifests the composer’s love of nature and Czech folk music. Pushing the very concept of a “chamber orchestra” to even greater heights, it’s an explosive finale to our 2019 Season.
Gran Turismo - Australian Premiere
Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor ‘Double Concerto’
Join us 45 minutes before the performance to learn about the concert from a music expert.
Sun 10 Nov, 1:45pm
Mon 11 Nov, 6:45pm
Tue 12 Nov, 6:45pm
Thu 14 Nov, 6:45pm
Sat 16 Nov, 6:15pm
Tue 19 Nov, 7:15pm
Wed 20 Nov, 6:15pm
Fri 22 Nov, 12:45pm
Sun 17 Nov, 1:15pm
Mon 18 Nov, 6:15pm
Sat 9 Nov, 7:15pm
Richard Tognetti AO
Director & Violin
Richard Tognetti is Artistic Director and Lead Violin of the ACO. He has established an international reputation for his compelling performances and artistic individualism.
Richard has appeared as director or soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras. He was Artistic Director of Slovenia’s Festival Maribor from 2008 to 2015 and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Barbican Centre’s Milton Court in 2016. In addition, he has curated and co-composed film scores including the ACO’s Mountain.
Timo-Veikko ‘Tipi’ Valve was appointed Principal Cello of the ACO in 2006. He is regarded as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation performing as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader on both modern and period instruments, and regularly performs as a soloist with the ACO.
Johannes Brahms was a German composer, pianist and conductor who, whilst deeply rooted in classical tradition, was a giant of the Romantic era. A total perfectionist, Brahms destroyed many of his early works, but went on to compose symphonies, concertos, vocal, chamber and piano works that have had an immense influence on other composers.
8 September 1841 - 1 May 1904
Antonín Leopold Dvořák was one of the Czech republics most prolific composers, and the first Bohemian composer to receive recognition around the world. Dvořák was influenced by the fold music of Motavia, and employed its rhythms and themes to create a trademark sound.
Andrew Ford is an Australian composer, writer and broadcaster. He has been composer-in-residence for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and was winner of the 2004 Paul Lowin Prize. He has written prolifically about music, and since 1995, has presented The Music Show on ABC Radio.
Andrew Norman is an American composer who the Los Angeles Times called “the leading American composer of his generation”. A runner-up for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music, his work draws on an eclectic mix of sounds and performance practices, and is deeply influenced by his training as a pianist and violist as well as his lifelong love of architecture.
Dive In: Brahms & Dvořák
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