Edvard Grieg: String Quartet in G minor, Op.27 arr. Tognetti for string orchestra
Dmitry Shostakovich: Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet & strings
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No.40
Spirited, vigorous and considered one of the finest ensembles in the world, the Australian Chamber Orchestra have been described by the Washington Post as having 'the energy and vibe of a rock band with the ability of a crack classical chamber group'.
They open their concert with Grieg's String Quartet arranged for string orchestra by their dynamic Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, who directs the from the violin. A melodic work full of rhythmic vitality, it ranges from the stormy first movement to the nimble finale, including an effervescent waltz and many hints of Norwegian folk music on the way.
This is followed by Shostakovich's Piano Concerto 1 - a work of parallel wit and drama - spotlighting the dazzling dexterity of two young virtuosos, the Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski and Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth.
The concert ends with Mozart's great Symphony No.40 which has been described by some as possessing 'Grecian lightness and grace' (Robert Schumann) and by others a work of 'passion, violence and grief' (Charles Rosen).
'Listening to the ACO is like taking a swig of a vitamin drink. Suddenly: pow! The music certainly feels stronger, muscled, hot from the gym... If that's what Australia does for you, I'm also emigrating.' (The Times, 2008)
St Paul's Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm - Exploring Mozart Symphony No.40 in 2011. Marshall Marcus, Southbank Centre's Head of Music, asks whether there are still new things to find out about it? Admission free (subject to availability).Performers
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Richard Tognetti artistic director, lead violin
Simon Trpceski piano
Tine Thing Helseth trumpet