Russian Visions - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Russian Visions

10 - 25 November 2012


PROKOFIEV (arr. Barshai/Tognetti) Visions fugitives
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No.1
TCHAIKOVSKY Souvenir de Florence


Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin
Steven Osborne Piano
David Elton Trumpet

As soon as he played with the ACO, Steven Osborne wanted to return with Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.1, for it requires an immensely virtuosic string orchestra, flexibility and humour veering on craziness. The time has now come with this all-Russian concert.

Brimming with carefree energy, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir is an exuberant postcard from an Italian summer holiday. “The ACO...set the audience in a spin with its heady version of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. Richard Tognetti was intent on making the most of the Russian nostalgia, romancing his violins, sending the audience into a clapping frenzy.” Herald Sun

Listen to a 20-minute talk about the program.

The Australian

"...the most thrilling musical memory of their entire 2012 season."

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"...the performance was wonderful."

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The Age

"As usual, the ACO showed a razor-sharp responsiveness…the ACO at its best…"

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The West Australian

"...breathtaking evening of pure delight."

"...the sort of zeal and clarity that critics dream about but very rarely encounter."

"...a reading of impeccable taste and a flawless sense of line and style. Much of the performance revealed the sunny, rhapsodic joyousness of the writing."


" evening of music which was visionary, electrifying and intense in equal measures."

"The ACO played with their usual sensitivity [and] faultless sense of communication and ensemble."

"This orchestra is one which always seems to be enjoying itself. There is always a feeling that they are delighting in sharing the music with their fellow players, which transmits as if by osmosis to the audience."

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Sydney Morning Herald

"...the players, led by Richard Tognetti, brought their superb trademark vividness and energised involvement."

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Rouse Hill Times

"...a stunning performance...the final seal on a memorable 2012 season from the Australian Chamber Orchestra...a ripsnorter of a performance...""

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Audience feedback

"...a wonderful way to finish the year." - J Wilson

"Thank you for another great performance yesterday.  Very special thank you to Steven Osborne for playing Rachmaninov so wonderfully...captured the soul of Russian music..." - Eva K

"Thank you for a superb concert of Russian music...both artists were magnificent..." - Rodney W

"...the Shostakovich Piano Concerto for Trumpet and Strings was a revelation.  We were not familiar with this work but the ACO's rendition, together with the extraordinary artistry of Steven Osoborne & David Elton, won us over completely." - Margaret & Roy B

"So much energy and passion. The whole programme was brilliant." - Margaret S

"Steven Osborne was superb and the interaction between him and the other musicians – and the trumpeter - was exhilarating. But even without such treats as guest musicians, the ACO is simply outstanding." - Margaret D

"… an absolute inspiration. I'm still in absolute awe with how precise and passionate and completely connected with each other and the detail of the music you are." - Jess X

"What a concert to finish a wonderful 2012 season on! The Prokofiev and Shostakovich in the first half was nuts - a musical madhouse! Steven's encore brought tears to the eyes.  Bring on 2013!" - Gail C

"Thank you for last night's concert…I thoroughly enjoyed the trumpet and piano – each glistening gloriously. What joy." - Maria M

"Sensational concert. Brilliant performance by the wonderful pianist Steven Osborne, and a flawless performance by ACO." - Ann T

"The way the orchestra brings music to life is beautiful. Both the piano and trumpet were magical...ACO is how I love to get my classical music fix! Looking forward to next year." - Alison H


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