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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Tognetti’s Beethoven - Hamer Hall

I went to Hamer Hall this afternoon. 

I’d never been to Australian Chamber Orchestra, but today’s program, violin concerto and 5th symphony, was irresistible. 

Pre-concert talk at the foyer was very disappointing. With a big crowd started pouring in, it was impossible to hear a thing. 

Richard Tognetti’s towering performance of the first piece was absolutely mesmerising. Powerful and sensitive, it was Beethoven at its best. 

I wasn’t a big fan of the tempo of the symphony’s first movement. I felt it was too fast. However, by the time it reached its thunderous climax of the fourth movement, I was completely intoxicated by its sheer power and beauty. 

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