The Four Seasons (Nov and Dec)

28 November - 9 December 2015

Program

JOSEPH TAWADROS Selections from Permission to Evaporate, and original works exploring the crossroads of oud and string orchestra
VIVALDI The Four Seasons
GABRIELI Sonata XXI ‘con tre violini’

Artists

Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
James Tawadros Percussion

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“Tognetti's interpretation of The Four Seasons was truly original.” Sydney Morning Herald

“Exemplary, with bold interpretations and bright musical colour: you could smell the seasons” The Australian

Experience the ACO’s critically acclaimed highlight concert of the 2015 Season. Delve into Richard Tognetti’s unique exploration of musical connections between East and West, as he pairs Vivaldi’s Baroque masterpiece with original compositions by ARIA Award-winning oud virtuoso, Joseph Tawadros. 

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has undergone many reincarnations since it was first played by the talented orphans of the Ospedale della Pietà in 18th-century Venice. Now, Richard Tognetti and Joseph Tawadros bring their own blend of musical alchemy to this program, reminding us that Venice is barely a day’s sail from Cairo.
 
Almost 300 years after Vivaldi penned the Four Seasons, Joseph Tawadros brings the sounds of the near east to Australia with a selection of original works.

Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine

"For in Richard Tognetti’s smart reimagining of the Red Priest’s greatest hit, we get something rare, rich and just a little bit strange."

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Suzannah Conway, The Australian

"The Four Seasons is perfect repertoire for the ACO and its leader, Richard Tognetti, a modern-day virtuosic Vivaldi. To spice up this standard repertoire, Tognetti has teamed up with brothers Joseph and James Tawadros and their modern brand of Eastern music."

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The Australian

'Tawadros’s trilogy [of albums] contains interwoven strands that culminate in a masterpiece that pulls all the threads together while concurrently treading fresh ground.'

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Lloyd Bradford Skye, Syke on Stage

"This was probably one of the best classical crossover concerts I’ve seen in years. No. That’s probably not true. Make that decades."

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Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald

"In slow improvisatory passages (as in the Grave from the Concerto RV 562) there was a common languor and sensuousness from both players but it was in the fiery fast music that this convergence of spirits resulted in a genuinely new re-energised playing style."

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Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald

"In slow improvisatory passages (as in the Grave from the Concerto RV 562) there was a common languor and sensuousness from both players but it was in the fiery fast music that this convergence of spirits resulted in a genuinely new re-energised playing style."

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William Yeoman, Yahoo News

"This collaboration between Egyptian-Australian oud virtuoso Joe Tawadros, his percussion-playing brother James and the Australian Chamber Orchestra not only falls into the latter camp: more rock than Baroque, it borders on genius."

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Free pre-concert talks:

Adelaide Town Hall, with Jim Koehne
Tue 1 Dec 7.15pm

Melbourne – Recital Centre, with John Weretka
Wed 9 Dec 7.15pm

Perth Concert Hall, with Claire Stokes
Wed 2 Dec 6.45pm

Sydney Opera House, with Ken Healey
Mon 7 Dec 6.15pm


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