The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) raised the roof at Angel Place last night! What a performance. There is a modernity to this group of musicians: perhaps it’s the Akira designed outfits or the fact that they stand throughout the performance but there is a fresh energy and ease to their approach to the music and to each other.
I walked into the concert hall tired and feeling the strain of fighting an impending cold and left energized and elated thanks to the passionate and electric performance.
Danielle De Niese was the guest performer making her Australian premier. Her young soprano voice was full and strong, bringing all our ear drums to attention. She is a superstar in the making and I have no doubt we will be watching her career for many years to come.
The diverse program took us on a journey through Mozart, Vine, Meale and Schubert. I loved every piece, but was particularly enamored with Vine’s Tree of Man and Schubert’s String Quartet No.14 in D minor, Death and the Maiden. We were fortunate enough to have Australia’s Carl Vine (1954) in attendance as this concert series was the world premier of his work The Tree Of Man – inspired by and written in memory of the great Australian novelist Patrick White (1912-1009).
The closing piece by Schubert was blissfully arranged by Australian artist Richard Tognetti AO: lead violin and Artistic Director of the ACO. His talent, passion and genius radiated from his 531 year old violin.
The rustle of lollies and the occasional cough in the audience however served as a stern reminder that I should take some vitamin C when I got home.
I have not seen the ACO perform in a while and I will be lining up for tickets to their next performance…