Good Reading : June 2007
8 goodreading ı JUNE 2007 me my shelf i australian chamber orchestra Founded in 1975 in Sydney, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is an internationally renowned ensemble which presents rousing performances to audiences across Australia and around the world. The ACO’s unique artistic style encompasses not only the masterworks of the classical repertoire but innovative cross-artform projects and an active commissioning program. With seven national tours and at least one annual international tour, the 16 core players have plenty of opportunities to use travel time to read. Outstanding virtuoso Richard Tognetti was appointed as Artistic Director and Lead Violin in 1990. Under his inspiring leadership, the ACO has performed as a flexible and versatile ‘ensemble of soloists’, on modern and period instruments, and has cultivated multiple identities: as a small chamber group, a small symphony orchestra, and as an electro-acoustic collective. In a nod to past traditions, only the cellists are seated – which enables a vigour, individuality, and an energetic engagement between players and audience that has become a legendary and defining element of an ACO concert experience. The ACO’s national concert season includes over 70 performances in capital cities and regional centres, and the orchestra tours internationally each year, consistently drawing outstanding reviews at the world’s most prestigious venues. The Australian Government has recognised the ACO’s achievements by designating it as an international flagship arts company. Earlier this year an anonymous Australian private benefactor acquired one of the world’s rarest violins, valued at $10 million, for the use of Richard Tognetti. The violin, created by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù in 1743 and known as the ‘Carrodus’, is one of the finest in existence. Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director and Lead Violin ● What are you currently reading? The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. ● Do you have a favourite author? Her mann Hesse. ● Do you have a favourite book about music? Groves Music. ● Where is your favourite place to read? On a train. Satu Vänskä, Assistant Leader, Violin ● What are you cur rently reading? A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. ● Do you have a favourite author? Kafka and Dostoyevsky. ● Do you have a favourite book about music? Mozart’s letters are great and revealing reading. Some authors, like Haruki Murakami, put music into their novels so that while reading you start hearing the music in your head as well. ● Where is your favourite place to read? Long flights. Timo-Veikko Valve, Principal Cello ● What are you cur rently reading? I know it may seem boring, but I am reading an analysis of the Beethoven sonatas for piano and cello. It is amazing how Beethoven is considered the creator of the symphonic for m, but he actually also created/developed the sonata for m for piano and another equal instrument. In his sonatas for piano and violin (10) and piano and cello (5) we can hear this huge development, as we can in the symphonies. ● Do you have a favourite author? It changes as often as my favourite composer. ● Do you have a favourite book about music? Books on Finnish composers like Jean Sibelius are always interesting, because I get a history lesson on my own country’s steps to freedom from the Russians. And I can always connect my family’s or other stories with those events and that really makes it interesting! ● Where is your favourite place to read? Wherever it’s nice and peaceful, and you can get a nice shiraz. Melissa Barnard, Cello ● What are you currently reading? Ghostwritten by David Mitchell. ● Do you have a favourite author? Gabriel García Márquez, Siri Hustvedt, David Mitchell, Thich Nhat Hanh. ● Do you have a favourite book about music? Testimony: the Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich. ● Where is your favourite place to read? In bed, or on Tamarama beach on a weekday morning if I can.