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Composer: Tognetti, Richard (b. 1965)

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Year of birth1965
Period20th century
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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

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

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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