In an exuberant finale to its 2019 national season, the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) will expand in size to over 50 players – the largest ensemble of its 2019 Season – to present an Australian premiere, an Australian work, and two orchestral masterpieces from a pair of the Romantic era’s most beloved composers, close friends Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák.
ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti and ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve will take centre stage with their precious golden-age Italian instruments, the 1743 ‘Carrodus’ Guarneri del Gesù violin and a 1616 Brothers Amati cello, for a performance of Brahms’s brilliant Double Concerto, the composer’s last orchestral work, before a performance of Dvořák’s Symphony No.8.
The concert will open with Australian composer Andrew Ford’s celebratory Jouissance, which sets the scene for the Australian premiere of US composer Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo. Performed by eight virtuoso violinists of the ACO, this flamboyant, high-energy work was written upon the composer accidentally discovering the inherent similarities between a race car video game and the baroque Concerto Grosso: speed, motoric rhythms, and high-octane energy.
The performers: Richard Tognetti, Director & Violin/ Timo-Veikko, Valve Cello/ Australian Chamber Orchestra
The programme: ANDREW FORD Jouissance / ANDREW NORMAN Gran Turismo (Australian Premiere) / BRAHMS Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor ‘Double Concerto’ /DVOŘÁK Symphony No.8 in G major