Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra Releases Debut Album

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra has announced the release of its debut album, Perspective & Celebration. The ensemble, comprising some of Australia’s most highly respected performers, is renowned for its adoption of historically informed practices in performance.

Featuring music by Beethoven and Mendelssohn, Perspective & Celebration is also the debut release on the orchestra’s own record label, ARCOLIVE, and will be available on CD, on all streaming platforms, as a high resolution digital download through the orchestra’s website,, and through Bandcamp. The orchestra has worked with expert producers and engineers to capture their acclaimed live performances for this CD release and have a significant archive to draw on for future releases. Multi-media artwork by Lisa Goldberg is featured on this new label. 

Perspective & Celebration features performances from the last ten years, including a recording from the ensemble’s first-ever public performance. The album also features Richard Gill AO conducting Mendelssohn’s stormy and dramatic Overture to The Hebrides, popularly known as the ‘Fingal’s Cave’ overture.

Founded in 2013 under the artistic direction of the lauded musician and educator, the late Richard Gill AO, and now led by co-artistic directors Nicole van Bruggen and Rachael Beesley, the orchestra explores forgotten techniques and performance styles to bring historical insights and new perspectives to masterpieces from the Classical and Romantic periods. 

The tracks: 1. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) String Symphony No.10 in B minor, Rachael Beesley | Director 2. The Hebrides, Op.26: Overture – ‘Fingal’s Cave’, Richard Gill AO | Conductor 3 -6: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) Symphony No.7 in A Major, Op.92/ I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace/ II. Allegretto/III. Presto – Assai meno presto (trio)/IV. Allegro con brio/Rachael Beesley | Director

 Available September 2, 2022

Pre-order here.


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