SYDNEY MORNING HERALD REVIEW - 'Pristine tonal beauty'

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD REVIEW - 'Pristine tonal beauty'

Revolutionary Romance. Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
City Recital Hall, September 17

★★★★

"the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, led by Rachael Beesley, provided an opportunity for an intimate insight into its musical quality and ethos. On the evidence of this concert, ARCO values balance, expressive subtlety, and mellifluous melodic shape and avoids distorting mannerisms and unnecessary over-emphasis... This was a gem of a concert for its caressing sweetness of sound and pristine tonal beauty."

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE REVIEW - REVOLUTIONARY ROMANCE

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE REVIEW - REVOLUTIONARY ROMANCE

REVIEW: REVOLUTIONARY ROMANCE
(AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC & CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA)

ANGUS MCPHERSON on SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

★★★★½
A wonderfully intimate offering from Richard Gill's ARCO Chamber Soloists.

"Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra has firmly established itself as a fixture of the HIP music scene in Australia ... the ARCO Chamber Soloists, led by violinist Rachael Beesley, shaped with an exquisitely organic, breath-like phrasing ... the sound [the basset clarinet] produced was incredible, Van Bruggen coaxing a smooth, caramel timbre from the instrument ... an impeccable sense of ensemble and tight-knit camaraderie ... a wonderfully intimate offering from ARCO Chamber Soloists, with Van Bruggen’s basset clarinet a particular treat."

ClassikON REVIEW - UNFINISHED ROMANCE

ClassikON REVIEW - UNFINISHED ROMANCE

REVIEW: AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC & CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA’S UNFINISHED ROMANCE; I WISHED IT DIDN’T FINISH

JOHN TUCKER

"I have to confess something right here, at the very beginning of this review. I am, quite simply, in love with the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra."

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE REVIEW - Unfinished Romance

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE REVIEW - Unfinished Romance

REVIEW: UNFINISHED ROMANCE
(AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC & CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA)

BY CLIVE PAGET ON MAY 21, 2017

★★★★☆
ARCO finished splendidly with an unfinished masterpiece.

"[Schubert's] Unfinished Symphony is a virtual calling card for the Romantic movement and here it received the kind of thrilling, committed performance that is a hallmark of ARCO’s dedication to squeezing new sounds out of old bottles."

HARRIET CUNNINGHAM REVIEW - UNFINISHED ROMANCE

HARRIET CUNNINGHAM REVIEW - UNFINISHED ROMANCE

REVIEW: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

May 21, 2017 by Harriet Cunningham

"I’ve described what I was hearing, but what I actually felt coming off the stage was a bold and unanimous gesture; an ensemble saying, “Listen to this. This is what we made.” It was wonderful."

Sydney Arts Guide REVIEW - Italian Romance

Sydney Arts Guide REVIEW - Italian Romance

REVIEW: AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC & CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA : ‘ITALIAN ROMANCE’ @ CITY RECITAL HALL

BY BEN APFELBAUM on March 31 2017

"Beethoven’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra No 2 featured Rachael Beesley as the soloist. Beesley played with tenderness and warmth, and created a wonderful dialogue with the woodwind section."

ClassikON REVIEW - Italian Romance

ClassikON REVIEW - Italian Romance

REVIEW: ORCHESTRA PROVIDED AN EVENING OF JOY AND WONDER LEADING THE AUDIENCE THROUGH A SOUNDSCAPE RICH IN DEEP EMOTIONAL RESONANCE

BY JOHN TUCKER ON MARCH 27, 2017

"The Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra (ARCO) brought a touch of Italian Romance to the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday night ... A splendid way to end a wonderful evening’s entertainment. Highly recommended – get yourself along to a performance, and take your friends!"

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE REVIEW - Italian Romance

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE REVIEW - Italian Romance

REVIEW: ITALIAN ROMANCE
(AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC & CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA)

BY CLIVE PAGET ON MARCH 27, 2017

★★★★☆
Freshly renamed, Gill's HIPsters excel on Benjamin Bayl's Grand Tour.

"What a great time to be a HIPster ... there’s an infectious energy and a sense of enthusiasm that turns an ARCO concert into an event ... There was a tangible solidity to the ARCO sound, from the resolute opening through the bosom-heaving dramatics, and all done with impeccable intonation."

Fine Music 102.5 Magazine FEATURE ARTICLE

Fine Music 102.5 Magazine FEATURE ARTICLE

ARTICLE: OPERATIONS MANAGER & CLARINETTIST NICOLE VAN BRUGGEN

by Nicky Gluch, February 2017

"It takes a village to raise a child, what does it take to raise an orchestra? Nurturing, clearly, funding, without a doubt, and an overall belief in its purpose seem a good start"