Reviewed by Harriet Cunningham These days it is common practice to cater to the perceived inability of anyone to read, listen, watch or wait for more than three minutes. Great art, however, does not fit into soundbites. It may have been a brave gesture on the part of Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra to roll up Bach's Christmas Oratorio, which would originally have been performed over six days, into one mega-concert, spanning 3.5 hours (with a dinner break), but it was an astute one: the audience had no trouble digesting this glorious feast.
Reviewed by Peter McCallum Brett Dean's Electric Preludes for electric violin and string orchestra (an ACO commission receiving its Australian premier on the orchestra's current tour) consists of six fleeting sketch-like movements catching the evanescence, fragility and luminosity of sound in moods ranging from the disturbing to the nightmarish, from the intimate to the cosmic.
Peter McCallum The program was called Russian Visions yet exemplified the growing constraint on artistic vision during the Soviet era.
Peter McCallum THE Australian Chamber Orchestra's exploration of Beethoven's symphonies has been a logical and rewarding extension of the chamber orchestra domain: logical because the Viennese classics have always been a core strength, and rewarding because the orchestra play particularly well when the fire is in their belly, and nobody puts it there like Beethoven.
Reviewed by Peter McCallum THIS was the latest of Richard Tognetti's offerings sharing his twin passions for music and surfing.
Harriet Cunningham Of the ensemble's two performances it was Messiaen's stark vision that was the most compelling.
Reviewed by Peter McCallum For this light, supple performance led by Richard Tognetti, the Australian Chamber Orchestra (whose permanent members are all strings players) assembled a wonderful group of guest players
Reviewed by Peter McCallum IT WOULD be folly to distil what was ''echt Viennese'' from the music that the Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid introduced as guest ACO leader for this Viennese Serenade concert.
VIRTUOSIC Italian and German baroque music, all composed well before Captain Cook set eyes on Terra Australis, framed (and titled) the ACO's latest program, Baroque Virtuosi, though it was recent Australian works that formed the centrepiece of each half.