Australian Chamber Orchestra

and Steven Osborne

Part of Birmingham International Concert Season 2014/15 Concert Package,

SoundBite, Birmingham International Concert Season 2014/15, Orchestral Music and Piano Music

Sunday 5th October

Symphony Hall

Australian Chamber Orchestra
Richard Tognetti director/violin
Steven Osborne piano

Haydn Symphony No 83, La Poule 24’
Mozart Piano Concerto No 27 32’
Jonny Greenwood Water
Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence 35’

The Australian Chamber Orchestra is a byword for freshness and energy, and from Haydn’s explosive Parisian Symphony to Tchaikovsky’s sun-drenched postcard from Italy, this is a programme that plays to their strengths.

Richard Tognetti* directs a striking new work that Jonny Greenwood wrote especially for the ACO, and Steven Osborne finds new depths in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 27.



Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:

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…     “Steven Osborne never gets in the music’s way. He sits at the piano stool – but the composer is always in the driving seat. In Mozart’s piano concerto No 27, for example, the central movement’s sublime melody was wonderfully shaped without resorting to prettification or excessive rubato and was never slowed down from its specified larghetto. The cadenzas didn’t obtrude with seams showing, and the allegro finale absolutely sparkled supported by excellent work from the ACO.

Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir of Florence was originally for string sextet but while the ACO used triple those forces the gain in sonority didn’t mean a sacrifice in transparency. The adagio’s interplay between first violin and cello had the ardour of an operatic duet – marvellous! In Jonny Greenwood’s Water the composer played with the band on one of two tanpura, a fretless lute. There are tinkling piano ostinatos, a little eerie nachtmusik and some Psycho­-style abrasive strings – 17 minutes of movie music sans film.”




Review by Rian Evans, Guardian:

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…     “The Radiohead guitarist had clearly drawn on their fluidity of movement for the piece that emerged. That movement was reflected, too, in the final title, Water, from Philip Larkin’s poem in The Whitsun Weddings. The effects of light bouncing off water created a distinct aura. Once again, strings were wrapped around pivotal instruments: two flutes and two Indian tanpura, the smaller of which was played by Greenwood himself, with Tognetti leaning in to deliver concertante violin lines. The tanpuras’ low, gently plucked droning gave the piece – in five interconnected sections – a constant deep resonance. Featuring amplified upright piano and keyboard, synthesising the sound of glockenspiel and celeste (nodding to the soundworld of Messiaen, yet without the use of ondes martenot), Greenwood’s soundscape was organic and persuasive. The rhythmic ostinati and the shimmering rise and cascade of scales, with rippling chromatic colour, created a more dynamic effect. Greenwood bowed as modestly as a novice; in fact, he is anything but.”     …

Mark Kermode: Film Music Live

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Tuesday 9 July 2013 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Robert Ziegler  conductor

Mark Kermode  presenter

Jeremy Irons  special guest

Music from:

North By Northwest’ (Bernard Herrmann)

Planet of the Apes (Jerry Goldsmith)

Tubular Bells – The Exorcist (Mike Oldfield, arr.David Bedford)

The Devils (Sir Peter Maxwell Davies)

Taxi Driver (Bernard Herrmann, arr.Christopher Palmer)

Mary Poppins (Robert Sherman)

There Will Be Blood (Jonny Greenwood)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Angelo Badalamenti)

Silent Running (Peter Schickele, arr.Robert Ziegler)

Brideshead Revisited (Geoffrey Burgon)

The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Carl Davis)

Reversal of Fortune (Mark Isham)

The Mission – ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ (Ennio Morricone, arr.Paul Bateman)

Trashed (Vangelis)

Eragon (Patrick Doyle)

Critic, music-lover and film-buff extraordinaire…no-one understands great cinema   better than Mark Kermode. Tonight he joins movie maestro Robert Ziegler and   the full City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to present a personal choice   of classic film music – from Mary Poppins to The Exorcist – and   to welcome one of Britain’s most extraordinary talents as his very special guest    – Jeremy Irons. It’s the stuff of dreams: classic tunes and unforgettable emotions,   all performed in the cinema-quality sound of Birmingham’s stunning Symphony   Hall.

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Review by Ian Harvey, Express and Star:

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…     “The first part of a fascinating concert saw the CBSO tackle the likes of a spine-tingling Tubular Bells as used in The Exorcist (Kermode: “The greatest film ever made. Other opinions are available . . . they’re wrong.”) and instrumental versions of Joan Baez’s songs from 70’s cult classic Silent Running (“The greatest science fiction film ever made. Some people say it was 2001: A Space Odyssey . . . they’re wrong”).

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s theme for There Will Be Blood was percussive and arresting, and gave the audience the chance to “boo hiss” the Academy Awards committee for disqualifying it from Oscars contention, and there were strong jazz overtones to both Bernard Herrman’s haunting theme from Taxi Driver and the special arrangement of Angelo Badalamenti’s music from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which had Kermode transfixed at the front of the stage.

By way of light relief there was the wonderful, hits-packed overture to Mary Poppins. Yes, the man who is The Exorcist’s biggest fan also rates the Julie Andrews musical as one of the best films ever made.

After the interval, Kermode welcomed Jeremy Irons to the stage and the music now followed the actor’s celebrated career, including the only non-movie piece of the night, the theme to Iron’s breakthrough television role in Brideshead Revisited.”



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