Mountain - Australian Chamber Orchestra


3 - 20 August 2017


BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto: II – Larghetto
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.5: II – Adagio un poco mosso
CHOPIN Nocturne in D-flat major, Op.27, No.2
GRIEG Holberg Suite: I – Präludium
SCULTHORPE String Sonata No.1: IV – Chorale
RICHARD TOGNETTI Original Composition
VIVALDI Concerto in B Minor, RV580
VIVALDI Winter from The Four Seasons: I. Allegro non molto
VIVALDI Summer from The Four Seasons: III. Presto


Jennifer Peedom Writer, Director & Producer
Richard Tognetti Musical Director & Composer
Renan Ozturk Principal Cinematography
Robert Macfarlane Narration Scriptwriter
Willem Dafoe Narrator
Christian Gazal & Scott Gray ASE Editors
David White Sound Designer
Robert Mackenzie Sound Mix
Jo-anne McGowan Producer
Joseph Nizeti Music Editor & Music Supervisor
Paul Wiegard, David Gross, Stephen Boyle, Martyn Myer AO Executive Producers

Richard Tognetti Artistic Director & Lead Violin
Tamara-Anna Cislowska Piano
Satu Vänskä Violin & Voice
Ike See Violin
Liisa Pallandi Violin
Julian Thompson Cello

Nigel Jamieson Staging Director
Damien Cooper Lighting Design

Introducing Mountain – an epic cinematic and musical collaboration between the ACO and BAFTA-nominated Sherpa director, Jennifer Peedom, narrated by two-time Academy Award® nominated actor Willem Dafoe.

Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. The idea scarcely existed that wild landscapes might hold any sort of attraction. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty. An upper world to be shunned, not sought out. How then have mountains now come to hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives?

Shot by the world’s leading high altitude cinematographers, with narration written by celebrated British writer, Robert Macfarlane, this film explores the nature of our modern fascination with mountains. At these events the ACO will perform live with the film.

Throughout production, Richard Tognetti worked with Jennifer Peedom to assemble a stunning soundscape to mirror the serenity, magnitude and terror of the landscapes filmed, with works by Chopin, Grieg, Vivaldi, Beethoven and new works by Richard himself.

Mountain is a unique musical journey through vistas that few have visited and none have seen in quite this way.

The performance will run for approximately 90 minutes, with no interval.

Following the National Tour, Mountain will be in cinemas across Australia from 21 September.

Please note that subscription ticket exchanges are not available for the additional performance of Mountain (13 August 2017). For more info on our Ticket Exchange Policy, please click  here.


Photo credit (above): Renan Ozturk/Dave Mossop

The Guardian:

“Mountain is a 70-minute rush of adrenaline; a safari into the sublime; a vertiginous voyage to the top of the world.”

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The Australian:

“… a stunning achievement from Peedom, cinematographer Renan Ozturk and the ACO; you can’t take your eyes or ears off it.”

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“Mountain is beautifully structured, Peedom and Tognetti cleverly managing the tension and release of the material, both musical and filmic.”

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The Monthly

"What you were hearing was not just there to affirm or enhance the visuals, but to pry open cracks (and) suggest totally new vistas"

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Tue 8 Aug 6.45pm


QPAC Concert Hall, with Anna Melville
Mon 14 Aug 6.15pm


Llewellyn Hall, with Anna Melville
Sat 5 Aug 7.15pm


Arts Centre Melbourne, with Anna Melville
Sun 6 Aug 1.45pm
Mon 7 Aug 6.45pm


Newcastle City Hall
Thu 3 Aug 6.45pm, with Anna Melville


Perth Concert Hall, with Anna Melville
Wed 9 Aug 6.45pm


City Recital Hall
Sat 12 Aug 6.15pm, with Anna Melville
Sun 13 Aug 1.15pm, with Anna Melville
Tue 15 Aug 7.15pm, with Anna Melville
Wed 16 Aug 6.15pm, with Anna Melville and Jennifer Peedom

Sydney Opera House, with Anna Melville and Jennifer Peedom
Sun 20 Aug 1.15pm