ACO’s programming integrates guest cellist

The Australian Chamber Orchestra has created a programme with a purpose for its August performances. Members of the ensemble will be joined by guest cellist from Finland, Jan-Erik Gustaffson.

Gustaffson’s presence has enabled the programming of Schubert’s String Quintet D 956, his final chamber work, published posthumously and scored for string quintet with two cellos rather than two violas. Then there’s Webern’s Two Pieces for Cello. The links between Webern and J.S. Bach are not unknown – especially the Ricercar, as demonstrated in the 2001 recording by Christoph Poppen with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Hilliard Ensemble. So adding Bach’s Musical Offering BWV1079 (excerpts), to the line up, which is based on a Ricercar is an entirely sensible inclusion.

The ACO also presents three examples of Stravinsky’s eccentric devices for chamber ensembles with the Concertino for String Quartet, the Double Canon for String Quartet dedicated to the memory of French Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy and Three Pieces for String Quartet.

Intelligent programming apart, the concert is an opportunity to hear two Guarneris in performance – Richard Tognetti playing the violin and Timo-Veikko Valve playing the ACO’s cello. Violinist Satu Vanska will be performing on Australia’s Stradivarius.

Tickets start form $38. On line at  call 8256 2222 or in person at the City Recital Hall. At 2 Angel Place between 9 and 5 pm M-F.


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