Magazine article Musical Opinion

Violins Down Under

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Violins Down Under

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Amis in Australis

The great thing about the acoustics in Melbourne's Hamer Hall (seating just short of 3,000 Ozzie backsides) is that they are so good, you don't notice them. I was there February 8 and 12 for two concerts directed by violinists Richard Tognetti with his Australian Chamber Orchestra and Nigel Kennedy with the Melbourne Symphony.

The ACO is a world-class act, virtu osi c playing in the service of true musicmaking, fresh as a daisy, projecting vividly to the authence, paralleling the golden years of the Academy of St Martin's. There were two blown-up string quartets in the programme; Schubert's Quartettsatz (thrilling tremolandos) and Grieg's opus 27 in G minor. Interesting that the composer's German publisher at first refused the work, saying it was more for an orchestra than a quartet. Too right!

Grieg told Percy Grainger that he loved strong accents and a whole body of strings can give them. …

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