The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) has another success story to add to their already full album of accolades from a tour of North America 10 – 26 April 2015 – receiving a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall. They were no doubt glad to see the SOLD OUT signs put up on Seventh Avenue, as this is New York’s most prestigious classical music venue.
Nick Bryant, the BBC’s correspondent to New York, was in the audience at the Hall and said “The musicality of the ACO would have been more than enough to bring the Carnegie audience to its feet – the warmth of the sound, the precision of the note production, the exquisiteness of the ensemble playing. But it’s the physicality of the performance that sets this orchestra apart, and makes watching them as thrilling as listening.”
Must say this was a quote I related to when hearing and watching them play at the recent Tarrawarra Music Festival in Victoria, where they were ON FIRE!
The New York Times said “Carnegie Hall probably could have presented the popular Australian Chamber Orchestra in Stern Auditorium, its main hall. But it was a treat to hear that ensemble play a wonderful concert on Sunday afternoon in the 600-seat Zankel Hall, Carnegie’s appealing basement performance space.
In that setting, the symphonic grandeur and inventiveness of Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 in G minor, known as ‘The Hen’, came through with up-close immediacy, although the fleet, bold performance these impressive Australian musicians gave would have sounded great almost anywhere.”
Under Richard Tognetti’s vibrant leadership, the ACO keeps going from strength to strength, inspired by the beauty and spirituality of the music. At the ACO office in Sydney the tributes keep pouring in, the audience peppered with many vocal critics, all of whom were singing their praises.
The prestigious Princeton University’s publication Town Topics said “the Australian Chamber Orchestra proved that it is a performing treasure from the Land Down Under, and one that may not be heard in Princeton that often.” Classical Voice North America reported on their performance in San Francisco “… Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 was treated to a fine jet-propelled performance, with thrust and anguish that approached the point of vehemence – which the music can take – in the finale.”
The ACO gave their New York premiere of Water, a work commissioned by them from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. At the UK premiere in 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Water gained a five-star review from The Telegraph who called the ACO “the best chamber orchestra on earth”. At this event as soon as the last exuberant notes of Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 were heard, it is reported the ‘audience leapt to its feet and would not stop cheering until an encore was played’. ACO Season 2015 | BUY TICKETS