Australian Chamber Orchestra
‘The Australian Chamber Orchestra is uniformly high-octane, arresting and never ordinary.’ – The Australian, 2017
The Australian Chamber Orchestra lives and breathes music, making waves around the world for their explosive performances and brave interpretations. Steeped in history but always looking to the future, ACO programs embrace celebrated classics alongside new commissions, and adventurous crossartform collaborations.
Led by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti since 1990, the ACO performs more than 100 concerts each year. Whether performing in Manhattan, New York, or Wollongong, NSW, the ACO is unwavering in their commitment to creating transformative musical experiences.
Testament to their international reputation, the ACO was invited to commence a three-year residency as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court in partnership with London’s Barbican Centre from the 2018/19 season.
The Orchestra regularly collaborates with artists and musicians who share their ideology: from Emmanuel Pahud, Steven Isserlis, Dawn Upshaw, Olli Mustonen, Brett Dean and Ivry Gitlis, to Neil Finn, Jonny Greenwood, Barry Humphries and Meow Meow; to visual artists and film makers such as Michael Leunig, Bill Henson, Shaun Tan, Jon Frank and Jennifer Peedom, who have co-created unique, hybrid productions for which the ACO has become renowned.
In addition to their national and international touring schedule, the Orchestra has an active recording program across CD, vinyl and digital formats. Their recordings of Bach’s violin works won three consecutive ARIA Awards. Recent releases include the award-winning Water | Night Music, the first Australian-produced classical vinyl for two decades; Mozart’s Last Symphonies; Bach | Beethoven: Fugue; and the soundtrack to their acclaimed cinematic collaboration, Mountain.
The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING 1 MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2 BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3 GRAINGER Blithe Bells Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004) SCHUBERT4 An die Musik (To Music)5 Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6 Die Forelle (The Trout)7 Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007) WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8 I. Vivace9 II. Andante10 III. Vivace11 IV. Menuetto I & II ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010) 12 ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’: I. Allegro moderato Goldner String Quartet (2010) MENDELSSOHN13 Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14 Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15 WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012) MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16 II. Lullaby in Edo17 III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18 IV. Skye Boat Song Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19 DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto Eggner Trio (2015)