2012 European Tour
31 August - 15 September 2012
31 August | Queen's Hall
Presented by the Edinburgh International Festival
BACH String Symphony in B flat, H.658
VASKS Vox amoris
GRIEG (arr. Tognetti) String Quartet, Op.27
1 September 7.30pm | Cadogan Hall
PAGANINI/TOGNETTI Caprice on Caprices (DEVA)
MEALE Cantilena Pacifica
RAVEL (arr. Tognetti) String Quartet in F
SCHUBERT (arr. Tognetti) Death and the Maiden, D.531
SCHOENBERG String Quartet No.2, III. Litanei
SCHUMANN Mondnacht, Op.39
SCHOENBERG Transfigured Night, Op.4
Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin
Dawn Upshaw Soprano
In residence at Festival Maribor, Slovenia
The Arts Desk
"“Well that was bloody fantastic,” a broad Aussie accent declared from somewhere behind me at the end of Ravel’s String Quartet in F major. And that’s the thing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra – it’s just that simple... Tognetti and his band are never less than absolutely in control."
"...probably the finest string ensemble on the planet."
"The ACO players, led by their director and first violinist Richard Tognetti, have a big, big sound, very much in your face, big-boned and muscular; and the zesty musicians play up to the hilt, in an extrovert, almost outdoors manner, as though they have the wind in their collective face. It can be extremely exhilarating to hear at full tilt."
One Stop Arts
"I've never seen so many broad grins whenever a phrase turned out perfectly. The increase in expressive power that results from players who are perfectly mentally aligned was palpable. This was a remarkable process of music making, one that sets a high bar for other chamber ensembles, and it was a privilege to watch it at close quarters."
"The range of music presented by the Australian Chamber Orchestra is becoming a hallmark of its London appearances... a programme that provided rarities, masterpieces and fascinating contrasts aplenty. ACO director and leader, Richard Tognetti continues to push the chamber orchestra repertoire further and further, taking in string quartets and songs in ravishing arrangements to put to bed any doubts about scaling-up these intimate jewels...impossible to resist."
Paul In London Blog
"An opportunity to see the Australian Chamber Orchestra should not be passed up...such passion, precision and energy. An evening of very fine music making, with an ensemble that moved as one providing a incredible sound."
The Guardian (UK)
"The Australian Chamber Orchestra's infrequent visits to Britain with its director Richard Tognetti deserve to be cherished just as much as those by great symphony orchestras like the Cleveland or the Royal Concertgebouw. There's no string band in the northern hemisphere that communicates such energy, such joy in its music-making..."
"The Australian Chamber Orchestra is clearly one of Australia’s greatest exports, for this was music-making of the very highest order."
The Times (UK)
"...a four-star morning concert in which the programming and the performance provided a triple shot of caffeine at the start of the day... Tognetti’s own magnificent transcription of Grieg’s G minor String Quartet which, like the best arrangements, leaves you feeling that you can’t imagine it, nor ever want to hear it again, any other way."
"The ACO certainly has its fans here; British music critics cannot help but resort to Australian clichés of muscularity, friendliness and warmth in describing the music and the musicians."
"Richard Tognetti, directing from the violin, leads his engaging group with untiring energy, as well as bringing his considerable strengths as soloist and arranger to their performances... playing with a gutsy directness."
"The cheers and applause in London proved that the ACO can wow more than just Australian audiences..."