Award winning Artistic Director Australian violinist, conductor and composer Richard Tognetti AO will give a Masterclass in Melbourne on May 11th at the architecturally stunning South Melbourne Town Hall, which is the home for students attending the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
Masterclasses for those musicians seeking to embark on an international career are invaluable, especially when you are privileged to work with a teacher of Richard Tognetti’s standing.
He will be able to offer his advice based on his years of experience from when as a young man in 1989, he came along to guide the Australian Chamber Orchestra‘s ever-spellbinding journey until the present day.
Over that period Richard Tognetti has been involved in many landmark performances, the majority of which have lingered long and resonated loudly in both the imagination and the memory. The ACO has played to appreciative audiences in prestigious musical venues, where renowned excellence has always been Tognetti’s guiding standard.
He seeks to make all his musical experience forever young, spirited and alive. For student participants I am sure he will have many anecdotes about the composer and his work to share and will be sure to emphasise how they should aim to fine tune their attitude to the piece so they can express all of its tonal colours as they develop their own vision for how to play the work as a whole and, in harmony.
What a wonderful outcome; making marvellous music together – there will be seventy performers, in this project designed by Tognetti, which will no doubt end one of the most intense training weeks of the student’s lives.
The intriguing line-up of works on the program for the concert on 13 May will see two by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-) alongside the immortal First Symphony of German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), considered the last great Romantic symphonist.
Penderecki is one of those people you have never heard of, a contemporary composer who won a Grammy Award in 1988 for his Cello Concerto No 2. His many masterful orchestral treatments have gained many accolades as he sought to ‘liberate sound beyond all tradition’ giving ‘voice and vision to the dark, primeval realms of our imagination’.
He has composed very special ‘horror’ music for the movies such as The Shining (1980), Children of Men (2006) and Shutter Island (2010) and its been likened to ‘the sonic realisation of the horrifying and disturbing realms of imagination that directors like Kubrick or Lynch have created on film’
Born in Germany, Johannes Brahms spent most of his working life in Vienna. A master of the symphonic and sonata style during the second half of the nineteenth century, his music appeals to the inner self, where the conscious self while remaining in control on the social stage, inwardly is endeavouring to bury passion and deeply felt heartfelt emotions. When they do erupt they are a mighty force to be reckoned with. Often seen as an ‘old-fashioned composer’, Brahms’ First Symphony premiered November 1876 to critical acclaim, having undergone edits until he was happy, and it’s a tribute to his talent it remains popular.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2017
Tognetti: Penderecki & Brahms