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Australian Chamber Orchestra

Beethoven - Richard Tognetti

“250 years ago, Ludwig van Beethoven, the Grand Mogul from Bonn (as Haydn cheekily
referred to him) was born. The German composer, whose own extraordinary story
famously includes suffering from profound deafness from his late 20s, would become regarded
as the great musical liberator, forging the course of the Romantic movement and beyond.”
Richard Tognetti

In 2020 the Australian Chamber Orchestra will celebrate two monumental anniversaries: 30 years of fearless leadership with ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti and 250 years since the birth of the great Ludwig van Beethoven.

To celebrate both milestones, ABC Classic is releasing a collection of the ACO’s legendary Beethoven recordings – including never-before released recordings of two of his greatest works: Symphonies 5 and 6.

These recordings represent some of the orchestra’s finest performances, including two #1 albums and three ARIA Award-nominees, and feature collaborations with some of Australia’s finest artists – soprano Nicole Car, and pianistsTamara Anna Cislowska andErin Helyard.

Beethoven has endured for centuries as one of the most popular and beloved composers around the world, with his music found everywhere from concert halls, to film soundtracks, to disco-era chart-toppers. He was a true musical revolutionary and is credited with paving the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras. His music has always been a mainstay of the ACO’s core repertoire, but this marks the first time that they have recorded these two monumental symphonies.

Since its establishment in November 1975, the Australian Chamber Orchestra has become one of the world’s most daring and exciting ensembles, renowned globally for its inspired programming, unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality, showcased through an extensive and ongoing program of international touring and recordings for many of the world’s top labels.

★★★★★“The Australian Chamber Orchestra was splendid in its all-Beethoven concert… [achieving] revealing clarity that gleamed like the colours of an old master newly restored.”
– Sydney Morning Herald

“[Beethoven’s] Fifth is always a crowdpleaser, and the ACO made it exceptionally so. This was the stuff of dreams.” – Limelight

TRACKLISTING

CD1

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 *

1   I.   Allegro con brio

2   II.  Andante con moto

3   III.Allegro –

4   IV.Allegro

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’ *

5   I.   Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside

6   II.  Scene by the brook

7   III.Merry gathering of country folk –

8   IV.Thunder, Storm –

9   V.  Shepherd’s song. Cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm

CD2

String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130, with Grosse Fuge,
Op. 133
(arr. for string orchestra by Richard Tognetti)

1   I.   Adagio ma non troppo – Allegro

2   II.  Presto

3   III.Poco scherzoso

4   IV.Alla Danza tedesca

5   V.  Cavatina

6   VI.Grosse Fuge

7   Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F major, Op. 50

     Satu Vänskäviolin

8   Piano Concerto No. 5 in
E-flat major, Op. 73 ‘Emperor’: II. Adagio un poco mosso

     Tamara-Anna Cislowska– piano

9   Ah! perfido ... Per pietà, non dirmi addio, Op. 65

     Nicole Car – soprano

CD3

Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 30, No. 3

1   I.   Allegro assai

2   II.  Tempo di Minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso

3   III.Allegro vivace

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’

4   Ia.Adagio sostenuto –

5   Ib.Presto

6   II.  Andante con Variazioni

7   III.Presto

     Richard Tognetti – violin

     Erin Helyardfortepiano

8   Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: I. Allegro ma non troppo

     Richard Tognetti– violin

* Never previously released

Release
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