Tognetti's Mozart - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Tognetti's Mozart

2 - 16 February 2013


HAYDN Symphony No.49, “La passione” 
DEAN Electric Preludes* (Australian Premiere)
MOZART Violin Concerto No.3 
MOZART Symphony No.25


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Brett Dean Conductor & Composer (Electric Preludes)

The opportunity to hear Richard Tognetti perform one of Mozart’s enchanting, theatrical violin concertos is not to be missed. Tognetti’s Mozart recordings have been singled out by critics internationally as arguably the best on offer.  

“Tognetti and his fellow musicians bring this music to life in ways I hadn’t previously imagined.” MusicWeb International
“I can think of few other recordings of these pieces that so consistently grab the listener’s attention.” International Record Review
Mozart's Symphony No.25 is the dramatic opening music in the film Amadeus and was inspired by Haydn's thrilling Sturm und Drung symphonies, such as No.49.
Australian composer Brett Dean received one of the world’s most prestigious composition prizes, the Grawemeyer Award, for his violin concerto, so we await his electric violin concerto for Richard Tognetti with much anticipation.
* Brett Dean's Electric Preludes has been commissioned for Richard Tognetti, the ACO and Festival Maribor by Jan Minchin.

Elizabeth Silsbury, The Advertiser (Adelaide)

"Never has Tognetti’s 1743 Guarneri del Gesu sounded so sweet, so violiny, as it did in the Mozart Concerto no 3 in G major K 216."

Neville Cohn, West Australian

"It was a model performance [Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G], presented with such beauty of tone and subtlety of mood by both soloist and orchestra that all this critic needed to do was sit back and salute artistry at an impressive level."

Jennifer Gall, The Canberra Times

"The ACO’s opening performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 in F minor; La passione, was superlative."

Suzanne Yanko, Arts Hub

"The rapport between Tognetti and the players was vital to the successful performance of this work [Electric Preludes], which was given a warm reception."

Read Full Review

Steve Moffatt, News Local

"For the second solo of the night, Mozart's third violin concerto, Tognetti had his more familiar $10 million Guarneri for a performance which, like a fine souffle, combined rich ingredients with an airy lightness."

Read Full Review

Audience Feedback


"Thankyou Richard & ACO for dragging us into the 21st century with your exploration of new musical frontiers and experimentation with sound. That performance on electric violin of Brett Dean's Electric Preludes was transcendental." - Emma Z.

"Your Australian premiere of Brett Dean's Electric Preludes in Canberra tonight was sensational!... I found the last movement truly beautiful - I felt I was floating serenely through a galaxy of stars." - Nigel P.

"Wonderful concert to kick off 2013. Pure genius in the programing, played to perfection. Hayden and Mozart symphonies were both wonderful but it was the Dean and the Mozart concerto that really rocked my socks." - Gail C.


Selected Audio


Brett Dean on his new concerto for electric violin.

Brett Dean