Rehearsal Magazine Article - Poetical Melodies

Rehearsal Magazine Article - Poetical Melodies

MY REHEARSAL ROOM: CAMERON JAMIESON

Personally, performing with the earthy unique character of gut strings and with the freedom from compulsory modern equipment is a wonderful feeling … Led from the front, the players share their knowledge in a positive, friendly atmosphere. Surely this is music as it was meant to be made.

THE AGE REVIEW - POETICAL MELODIES

THE AGE REVIEW - POETICAL MELODIES

String ensemble HIP to the times

Maxim Boon on 23 August 2018

★★★½
Rich, impassioned, and faultlessly realised, it’s a thrilling example of HIP with all the right strings attached.

NIGHT WRITES REVIEW - POETICAL MELODIES

NIGHT WRITES REVIEW - POETICAL MELODIES

Poetical Melodies | Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

AUGUST 20, 2018 by NIGHTWRITESSYDNEY

The 12 violins of the orchestra seem to create a buzzing, energetic cloud hovering over the players in a representation of the energetic tension of early spring … They take the listener through this Romantic journey with a passion reflective of the composer’s.

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE REVIEW - POETICAL MELODIES

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE REVIEW - POETICAL MELODIES

REVIEW: POETICAL MELODIES
(AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC & CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA)

ANGUS MCPHERSON on AUGUST 19, 2018

★★★★

How often do you hear Puccini on gut strings? The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra has carved out a niche for itself bringing a HIP sensibility and period instruments – not to mention fine playing – to the music of both the Classical and Romantic Periods.

CLASSIC MELBOURNE REVIEW - CLASSICAL MELODIES

CLASSIC MELBOURNE REVIEW - CLASSICAL MELODIES

CLASSICAL MELODIES REVIEW

by Heather Leviston

ARCO features an impressive line-up of Australian and international soloists possessing technical virtuosity and deep commitment to the music. “Historically informed” might sound overly academic and cerebral, but the players’ approach is in essence joyful and highly expressive.

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE REVIEW - CLASSICAL MELODIES

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE REVIEW - CLASSICAL MELODIES

REVIEW: CLASSICAL MELODIES
(AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC & CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA)

ANGUS MCPHERSON on MAY 19, 2018

★★★★

The ARCO Chamber Soloists delivered yet another exciting and high-quality chamber music experience in Classical Melodies, shedding light on some unusual repertoire – and showing just what period wind instruments are capable of – and bringing an intelligence and freshness to well-worn favourites.

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD REVIEW - PASTORAL MELODIES

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD REVIEW - PASTORAL MELODIES

ARCO review: Past mastery shines new light on old favourites

The major event of the afternoon was to rehear Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F, Opus 68 Pastoral enlivened with ARCO's feel for balance and the distinctive originality of some of its wind players.

SOUNDS LIKE SYDNEY REVIEW - PASTORAL MELODIES

SOUNDS LIKE SYDNEY REVIEW - PASTORAL MELODIES

PASTORAL MELODIES
AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC & CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA
SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR

Richard Gill’s understated conducting style never fails to achieve the best from his musicians; his personal charm, humour and vast musicological knowledge wins audiences unfailingly. He is at the leading edge of both ARCO and the Sydney Chamber Choir, two of Sydney’s finest ensembles, well-matched in style and philosophy. What a brilliant idea to bring them together!

THE PLUS ONES REVIEW - PASTORAL MELODIES

THE PLUS ONES REVIEW - PASTORAL MELODIES

Mendelssohn, Brahms, Mozart, and Beethoven: Pastoral by ARCO

ARCO and its specialty repertoire of Classical and Romantic period music is an excellent gateway to the Western art music tradition. Gill himself is a charismatic educator who is mindful of conventions, but comfortable with breaking them so as to endear a composition to the audience. This is an inimitable ensemble, that excels in presenting high art to entertain and enlighten.

Classical year in review: Surprises both old and new

Classical year in review: Surprises both old and new

In September, Nicole van Bruggen and members of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra revealed the gloriously polished tonal grain of the 18th century basset [clarinet], an invention of Mozart and his friends.

LIMELIGHT’S TOP 25 SHOWS OF 2017

LIMELIGHT’S TOP 25 SHOWS OF 2017

Australia boasts a bevy of fine period instrument bands these days, but this concert by the ARCO Chamber Soloists in September was particularly special. At the heart of the concert was the smooth, caramel sound of Nicole van Bruggen’s basset clarinet – a recreation of the one made by Mozart’s clarinettist Anton Stadler – in a performance of Mozart’s Quintet in A Major, K581

WEEKEND NOTES REVIEW - REVOLUTIONARY ROMANCE

WEEKEND NOTES REVIEW - REVOLUTIONARY ROMANCE

Revolutionary Romance - Spohr & Mozart at Melbourne Recital Centre

"Fighting the Industrial Revolution with beauty and newness ... intimate nights of entertainment with fun for everyone and you could see in the energy and movements of the musicians they were having a jolly good time with this music."

THE PLUS ONES REVIEW - REVOLUTIONARY ROMANCE

THE PLUS ONES REVIEW - REVOLUTIONARY ROMANCE

Revolutionary Romance by ARCO Chamber Soloists

"Watching them play gave me goosebumps! We could feel a sense of oneness between them and their instruments, as if the basset clarinet and the violin were natural extensions of their bodies."

SOUNDS LIKE SYDNEY REVIEW - REVOLUTIONARY ROMANCE

SOUNDS LIKE SYDNEY REVIEW - REVOLUTIONARY ROMANCE

REVOLUTIONARY ROMANCE
AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC & CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA

"superbly lyrical and tremendously empathetic playing ...  deep level of communication and understanding amongst the players ... Nicole van Bruggen’s playing was both energetic and sensitive. Her enthusiasm for her art was palpable ... ARCO is a precious gem in the Australian musical landscape and should be taken very seriously."

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."