Haydn & Italian Cello - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Haydn & Italian Cello

12 April - 6 May 2014


RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No.3
BOCCHERINI Cello Concerto in G
HAYDN Cello Concerto in C
VERDI String Quartet (arr. for string orchestra)


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Giovanni Sollima Cello

One of the greatest cello pieces ever written, Haydn’s C major cello concerto is a crowd favourite and the ideal showpiece for passionate Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima’s Australian debut.

Sollima is renowned for his invigorating performance style and it is exhilarating to experience him performing alongside Richard Tognetti. We first met Sollima in Tognetti’s musical laboratory in Festival Maribor, Slovenia, where a review of his performance read: “Sollima issued a challenge to all who think the cello is for the faint of heart...this was music that lifted the cello into the realms of the musical gods.” (MusicWeb International)

An internationally recognised musician, Sollima has composed for diverse artists including legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma and 70s punk icon Patti Smith. In this concert you will hear Sollima’s Boccherini-inspired L.B. Files flanked by an authentic Luigi Boccherini (L.B.) cello concerto.

Peter McCallum

"Giovanni Sollima plays the cello emulating one possessed, pursuing musical moments like a mad seducer... He plays with hyperactive energy and deft virtuosity," 

Limelight Magazine

"It was a pleasure then to catch a maverick in full flight performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra – a band not averse to a bit of provocative action themselves."

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Washington Post

"In Haydn's Cello Concerto in C there was tightly integrated, feverish music-making among the soloist at [the ACO]."

Time Out Hong Kong

"Sollima injected so much of his passion and enthusiasm...Sollima brought the house down."

MusicWeb International

"[Giovanni Sollima] lifted the cello into the realms of the musical gods."


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