2017 European Tour

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After receiving rave reviews for our European performances in 2016, the Australian Chamber Orchestra will return to Europe in November for a substantial tour of the continent.

Covering five countries in two weeks, the seven-date tour sees the Orchestra returning to London, Munich, Zurich and Vienna, and making a long-awaited Finnish debut in Helsinki and Espoo.

Richard Tognetti will lead the orchestra for the full tour, which will include special appearances from Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Brett Dean and Olli Mustonen. The tour dates will also be supported by some very special private visits and performances, which will be reported in due time on our blog.

Details of each performance are below.


Royal Festival Hall

London 3 November 2017

Less than a year after his last visit, Richard Tognetti returns to London for a performance at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, where he will be joined by friend and pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard.


PROGRAM

BACH The Art of Fugue, BWV1080: Contrapunctus I-IV
MOZART Piano Concerto No.15 in B-flat major, K.450
SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Scherzo, Op.11
TCHAIKOVSKY (arr. strings) Souvenir de Florence, Op.70


ARTISTS

Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano


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Helinki Music Centre

Helsinki 5 November 2017

After years of planning, the ACO finally make its Finnish debut at the invitation of our friend and PianoEspoo Festival director Paavali Jumppanen. Along with our Finnish members Satu Vänskä and Timo-Veikko ‘Tipi’ Valve, Richard Tognetti will lead the orchestra through a program of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven with French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard.


PROGRAM

BACH The Art of Fugue, BWV1080: Contrapunctus I-IV
MOZART Piano Concerto No.15 in B-flat major, K.450
BEETHOVEN (arr. strings) String Quartet in B-flat major, Op.130: Mvts I-V
BEETHOVEN (arr. strings) Grosse Fuge, Op.133


ARTISTS

Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano


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Tapiola Hall

Espoo 7 November 2017

Fresh off our Finnish debut, the orchestra will be joined by composer and pianist Olli Mustonen for a very special performance in Espoo. Featuring more experimental repertoire, including two Mustonen originals and Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto, this second performance is a perfect counterbalance to conclude our Finnish debut.


PROGRAM

KILAR Orawa
OLLI MUSTONEN Toccata
OLLI MUSTONEN Nonet No.2
PROKOFIEV (arr. Barshai/Tognetti) Visions fugitives, Op.22
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No.1 in C minor, Op.35


ARTISTS

Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Olli Mustonen Piano


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Hekulessaal der Residenz

Munich 9 November 2017

After a six-year hiatus, the Orchestra returns to Munich’s grand Hekulessaal der Residenz for a special performance with Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Covering Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, the performance will give the audience a chance to connect with the Australian ensemble through a program of German and Austrian masterpieces.


PROGRAM

BACH The Art of Fugue, BWV1080: Contrapunctus I-IV
MOZART Piano Concerto No.15 in B-flat major, K.450
BEETHOVEN (arr. strings) String Quartet in B-flat major, Op.130: Mvts I-V
BEETHOVEN (arr. strings) Grosse Fuge, Op.133


ARTISTS

Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano


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Tonhalle

Zurich 12 November 2017

The Orchestra returns to Zurich for the first time in over 30 years. Joined again by pianist and composer Olli Mustonen, and for the first time by Brett Dean – an Australian alumnus of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – the performance will give audiences a chance to get to know the Australian Chamber Orchestra as led by Richard Tognetti in the stunning surrounds of the Tonhalle.


PROGRAM

SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Scherzo, Op.11
BRETT DEAN Between the spaces in the sky (In Memoriam Richard Hickox)
OLLI MUSTONEN Nonet No.2
BRETT DEAN Carlo
PROKOFIEV (arr. Barshai/Tognetti) Visions fugitives, Op.22


ARTISTS

Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Olli Mustonen Piano


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Wiener Konzerthaus

Vienna 14-15 November 2017

We conclude our tour in Vienna, returning to the Wiener Konzerthaus for a two-date performance with Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Focusing on Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, these final shows will be a celebration of exquisite repertoire to cap off an exceptional tour


PROGRAM

BACH The Art of Fugue, BWV1080: Contrapunctus I-IV
MOZART Piano Concerto No.15 in B-flat major, K.450
BEETHOVEN (arr. strings) String Quartet in B-flat major, Op.130: Mvts I-V
BEETHOVEN (arr. strings) Grosse Fuge, Op.133


ARTISTS

Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano


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After a short break, the Orchestra will return to Australia with the Choir of London for a very special tour of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.