The Australian Chamber Orchestra with Dejan Lazic – Hamer Hall Melbourne Sunday 8th September, 2019.
On the drive into Melbourne on a rainy Sunday afternoon, I was looking forward to hearing the Australian Chamber Orchestra once again. Meeting up with some of Theme & Variations music-loving clients was going to be fun, but I really wasn’t prepared for this.
As the orchestra came onto the stage, the feeling was palpable that something special was going to happen. Pianist Dejan Lazic made the piano sparkle, and the beauty of Mozart filled the Hall.
I feel embarrassed to admit that it has been a few years since I’ve been to an ACO concert. Richard Tognetti has been an integral part of the musical landscape in Australia for as long as I can remember. As a piano technician, I tuned the home piano for Richard’s parents in Wollongong for several years. At the time, Richard’s father expressed concern for the pace Richard was keeping with the orchestra and wondered how he could keep it up. That was 15 years ago. This year is Richard Tognetti’s 30th Year as the ACO’s Artistic Director and he continues to charge the classical repertoire with energy and vibrancy.
The Mozart violin concerto in G major was thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat. Just as you feel you are being lulled into the familiar phrases of this well-known concerto, Tognetti gives it an unexpected twist, which wakes you up and makes you come alive with a new dimension to the work. His playing is exquisite, and it’s cradled by the amazing sound of the ACO playing a collection of some of the best stringed instruments in the world.
We in Australia, are spoiled to be able to call this orchestra our own and to have regular access to live performances. If you haven’t been to hear the ACO recently, it’s time to get reacquainted and join the celebration. Performances of this program continue in Adelaide and Sydney and finish on the 17th of September.