Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 & Mendelssohn Octet - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 & Mendelssohn Octet

11 - 22 February 2012

Program

PAGANINI (arr. Tognetti) Caprice on Caprices
MORRICONE Exercises I: Adagio
CHOPIN (arr. Tognetti) Piano Concerto No.1
GÓRECKI Piano Concerto
MENDELSSOHN Octet

Artists

Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin
Polina Leschenko Piano


Combining sparkling virtuosity with tender lyricism, Chopin’s First Piano Concerto is an ideal vehicle for the unique talents of Polina Leschenko. Although Górecki is best known for his haunting and heartfelt Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, his Piano Concerto bristles with driving rhythms and energy.

Mendelssohn’s Octet is a staple of the ACO’s repertoire, its carefree exuberance belying its fiendish technical intricacies. “The enthusiasm and tightness of the ACO was nowhere better shown than in the Mendelssohn with its joyful, sweeping opening movement, quicksilver scherzo and romping closing figure.” Cumberland Newspapers. “Eight players from the orchestra revelled in the musical high jinks of Mendelssohn’s Octet.” Adelaide Advertiser

The tonal riches of the ACO’s three legendary violins – Stradivari, Guarneri and Guadagnini – are revealed in Richard Tognetti’s specially created arrangement of Paganini’s dazzling Caprices.

Cumberland Newspapers

“The enthusiasm and tightness of the ACO was nowhere better shown than in the Mendelssohn with its joyful, sweeping opening movement, quicksilver scherzo and romping closing figure.”

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