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Performer: Maxime Bibeau

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Sweet string sounds from the ACO

Richard Tognetti © Paul Henderson
In their Sydney season-opener, the ACO with guest players from ANAM deliver a thoroughly satisfying account of two 19th-century standards and introduce two new works to Australian audiences.
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An elevated baroque affair from the ACO

Richard Tognetti © Paul Henderson
Richard Tognetti brings Baroque masterworks to Melbourne along with the world premiere of Kats-Chernin's new work for strings, Singing Trees.
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Scintillating string playing from the ACO

Spirited and nuanced string playing from the Australian Chamber Orchestra with guest violinist Stefan Jackiw and bassist Maxime Bibeau in a program that began and ended with Mendelssohn.
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Emotions and meditations: Andreas Scholl and the ACO span the centuries in Sydney

Pairing music from the 18th and 20th centuries is a common programming strategy, one which can bring out interesting parallels between the musical preoccupations of two very different eras. Some 20th-century composers looked to the more distant past as a way of engaging with traditions before the emotionally coercive 19th century.
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