Brahms 4 & Isserlis
19 - 29 October 2013
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No.4
Richard Tognetti Director and Violin
Steven Isserlis Cello
The Fourth is Brahms' final and greatest symphony. Here, Brahms takes flight, as he melds the soaring sounds of Romanticism to classical structure in a constantly evolving drama.
The Melbourne performances of Brahms 4 & Isserlis are a co-presentation with Melbourne Festival.
“Steven Isserlis’ technical mastery was matched by an obvious love for the (Dvorak Cello Concerto)… The ACO’s rendition (of Brahms’ Symphony No.4) was intelligent and courageous.”
The West Australian
"Whether in lulling, lilting, soothing phrases in its opening moments or generating red-blooded, electrifying climaxes that conjured up images of Brahms on steroids, this was music-making at its best."
The Advertiser, Adelaide
"The rapport between him [Isserlis] and Tognetti ensured that Dvorak's memorable themes and gypsy abandon were faithfully realised. His demeanour is flamboyant in the extreme, endearing him to many in the audience and adding to, even an essential element in, the hyper-excitement of his performances."
Sydney Morning Herald
"The resulting sound was a revelation: superbly blended horns and trumpets without the bright blare of a modern symphonic sound, an agile, liquid tone from flutes and clarinets and a gorgeous warmth in the lower wind and brass, all matched with a string sound with a bold but never harsh attack."
“Steven Isserlis endeared himself to the audience with his sense of humour.
ACO brilliant as usual and Steven Isserlis absolutely fantastic! Thank you all for
a wonderful concert.” - M. Markovic
"What a fantastic performance yesterday. Such colors, dynamics & virtuosity in ensemble. [I've] never heard this before. ACO is truly the best chamber orchestra in the world. Especially the Dvorak cello concerto was mesmerizing. See you next year in Amsterdam!" - F. Steijns
“The ACO absolutely on form yet again tonight. Sublimely expressive, perfectly together. Their playing simply sparkled.” - E. Cliff
“Wonderful concert yesterday afternoon. The encore (Steven Isserlis’ own arrangement of Song of the Birds by Pablo Casals) - D. McNally
“ACO was on fire tonight! Nearly took the roof of Llewellyn Hall. Fantastic!!” - R. White
“Thank you Richard Tognetti and Steven Isserlis for reigniting my love for Dvořák and Brahms tonight. Beautiful performances.” - Emily