Beethoven 94 - 15 August 2012

Program

MESSIAEN Prayer of Christ ascending towards his Father, from L’Ascension   
BRAHMS Geistliches Lied               
BEETHOVEN Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage       
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9  

Artists

Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge (Graham Ross Director)
Lucy Crowe Soprano
Fiona Campbell Mezzo Soprano
Allan Clayton Tenor
Matthew Brook Bass

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The ACO's internationally-acclaimed Beethoven symphony series reaches its climax with Symphony No.9, "Ode to Joy", featuring one of the finest British choirs and an exceptional line-up of soloists.

Critics called the ACO's recent Beethoven concert in London “the finest concert of the summer” and spoke of “thrilling playing”, “vibrant drive” and “total involvement”, concluding, “this compact chamber orchestra matches anything Europe can offer in energy, precision and interpretative rigour.”

Building to the symphony, a trio of serene yet intense works, swelling to Beethoven's depiction of a sea voyage.


 

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Reviews

“Superlatives seem inadequate for this latest and consummate instalment of the Beethoven cycle by Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In short..."

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Backstage with Richard Tognetti: Reflections on Gallipoli

Richard got snapping backstage during #ACO15 Reflections on Gallipoli.

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Reflections on Gallipoli: The ACO’s first ever audio-described concert

On Sunday, 15 March, we presented our first ever audio-described performance (at the Sydney Opera House, no less!). Audio-description is provided for people who are blind or have low vision; individuals using this service listen through a special headset. The … Continue reading

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Reflections on Gallipoli: Çanakkale Sehitlerine

The Martyrs of Çanakkale (excerpt) If I could take the vault of heaven As if it was a woollen cloak And cover your bleeding tomb With all the planets. If I could build with April clouds A dome over your tomb, … Continue reading

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In the press: Reflections on Gallipoli

‘Of all the centenary of Gallipoli tributes this year, few are likely to be as profound and moving as the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Reflections on Gallipoli.’ ‘… while respecting its message of reconciliation, Carl Vine’s setting of Ataturk’s words in … Continue reading

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Timothy Calnin on ‘Reflections on Gallipoli’

General Manager Timothy Calnin attended the first Sydney performance of Reflections on Gallipoli yesterday – here he shares his thoughts on the concert. Even though I have been hearing sections this program coming together over the last few weeks through the door of … Continue reading

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Reflections on Gallipoli: Behind-the-scenes

#ACO15 ‘Reflections on Gallipoli‘ opens today in Canberra, before heading off to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. “Turkish battle songs and traditional folk music rub shoulders with Vaughan Williams’ pastoral lament, The Lark Ascending, written with the last breath … Continue reading

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Nigel Jamieson on ‘Reflections on Gallipoli’

Large-scale theatre specialist Nigel Jamieson took some time out of today’s rehearsal for #ACO15 Reflections on Gallipoli to chat to us about the production. One of the most thrilling moments in creating a new work, is when suddenly something that … Continue reading

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Reflections on Gallipoli: Fair Enemies

Quotes from those in the trenches at Gallipoli: ‘We regarded them as a fair enemy. I had no ill-feelings about them. None of us had. We were fighting them but there was no hate about it, not with any of … Continue reading

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Reflections on Gallipoli: Frederick Septimus Kelly

Frederick Septimus Kelly was born in Sydney, Australia, into a well-to-do family, but moved to England when he was just 12. A natural sportsman, and especially oarsman, he won a Gold Medal for England in rowing at the 1908 London … Continue reading

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Reflections on Gallipoli: The Lark Ascending

The Lark Ascending was sketched just before Vaughan Williams left for active service in the First World War. (By some accounts, he composed the piece as he watched troops embark for France.) The experience of serving seems only to have heightened … Continue reading

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Guest stars: Reflections on Gallipoli

‘You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as … Continue reading

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