O'Connell the Music Review - New Constellations

O'Connell the Music Review - New Constellations

... the standard of interpretation on offer managed to achieve what very few musical experiences do these days: making you re-hear and re-configure music that you thought you had securely under your belt...the performance kept you on your toes, aurally speaking. For many of us, such demands are unusual; for several of us, they make for the best kind of musical experience. It’s hard to resist this group’s dedication to a particular style of playing which attracts for its integrity.

Sydney Arts Guide Review - New Constellations

Sydney Arts Guide Review - New Constellations

Sublime! That’s really the only word for this concert. Touring currently is the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra. The group is composed of the creme de la creme of players from around the world, specialists in HIP – Historically Informed Performance style ... Sharing the role of Artistic Director are two superb artists of which Australia can be very proud, violinist Rachael Beesley and Clarinetist Nicole van Bruggen ... Guest Director, early music specialist Jakob Lehmann from Berlin (whose) wealth of knowledge and sensitive interpretation shows exceptional talent ... Impeccable timing, superbly executed and obviously having a great time as well with smiles bursting forth throughout the piece. Wonderful synergy between the performers and such a joy to watch as well as to hear ... In chamber work, the responsibility for accurate execution lies with each individual. There is no hiding amongst rows of other musicians. Everything is exposed and only with outstanding musicians can you get a result as superb as this performance. I doubt it could be bettered ... It’s definitely worth subscribing to and support this ensemble. Their offering is high class, international standard and deeply satisfying. Definitely sublime!

ClassikON Review - New Constellations

ClassikON Review - New Constellations

The sense of collegiality amongst the group and their enjoyment was evident ... the balance of the whole was a veritable showcase of the tonal qualities of each instrument ... delivered with passion and commitment.

Night Writes Review - New Constellations

Night Writes Review - New Constellations

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra is a pleasure to witness playing. From their superb skill and immensely high quality to their palpable camaraderie between the players on stage, they are a sublime experience.

Limelight Review - New Constellations

Limelight Review - New Constellations

★★★★½
The rapport between the musicians – and their joy in this music – obvious, and combined with Lehmann’s light touch and humour, made for an enjoyable performance.

Sydney Arts Guide Review - Mannheim Rocket

Sydney Arts Guide Review - Mannheim Rocket

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra delivered yet another substantial instalment in its five-year concert history … [the] performance event was once again a perfect example of their mission statement to  ‘inspire, educate, enlighten … with keen momentum, crisp, sharp bowing and a broad arsenal of articulation. Played on period instruments with an historically informed approach, [the orchestra] brought us all the excitement of volume changes, motivic effects and the contrasts of what was the newly emerging Mannheim orchestra as well as symphonic  structure as a vehicle for showing off their orchestra.

Limelight Review - Madness & Confrontation

Limelight Review - Madness & Confrontation

With lashing strings, biting accents and punchy brass, the HIP band raised the curtain on a dynamic concert that celebrated the orchestra’s fifth birthday, its late Artistic Director Richard Gill and its future, which – if this concert was anything to go by – the band is charging into at full tilt.

RICHARD GILL’S BIRTHDAY MARKED WITH JOYOUS, MOVING CELEBRATION

RICHARD GILL’S BIRTHDAY MARKED WITH JOYOUS, MOVING CELEBRATION

There were moments of sadness – there were few dry eyes in the house during the Larghetto of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, performed by musicians from Gill’s period band, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, with Nicole van Bruggen on basset clarinet – but despite the poignancy of the event, it stayed true to its initial remit: a birthday celebration which, instead of being streamed to Gill at his home, was streamed across the country.

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.