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Composer: Tognetti, Richard (b. 1965)

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Year of birth1965
Period20th century
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LondonMountain (Film screening with live score

Pärt, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Tognetti
Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti

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Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti
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The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Mountain project

Richard Tognetti and the ACO © Simon van Boxtel
Four years ago, the ACO mounted The Reef. Mountain is clearly its successor: another film project involving scenes of nature peopled by extreme-sports enthusiasts, screened while an eclectic soundtrack is played live by the orchestra.
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Visionary music-making: The Australian Chamber Orchestra in The Reef

ACO's The Reef
For many reasons, the ACO’s most recent show The Reef was an artistic experience like no other in all my years of concert-going. It is difficult even categorising the event: an orchestral concert with accompanying video footage? A film with live soundtrack? Neither does full justice to the nature of the project.
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Passion and transfiguration from the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Australian Chamber Orchestra  ©  Jon Frank
Previously, for me, the term “Chamber Orchestra” has meant an ordinary orchestra, only smaller: apart from the sound being somewhat thinned out and consequently cleaner, I don't expect a fundamentally different experience. Or, didn't, that is, until last night at Cadogan Hall, where I saw the Australian Chamber Orchestra for the first time.
*****
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