Clas­si­cal

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Vin­cent Plush

Moun­tain Aus­tralian Cham­ber Orches­tra ABC Clas­sics Moun­tain is a film that in­ter­weaves the film­mak­ing of Jen­nifer Pee­dom, texts by Robert Macfar­lane nar­rated by Wil­liam Dafoe (not in­cluded on the al­bum) and mu­sic cho­sen or writ­ten by Richard Tognetti for the ACO. Like Kubrick’s use of mu­sic in 2001: A Space Odyssey, it’s a strange and in­con­gru­ous mix. Doubt­less it makes more sense in the con­cert hall or cin­ema (the movie’s na­tional re­lease date is Septem­ber 21), and I have yet to ex­pe­ri­ence any­thing more than the al­bum. Eight of its 20 tracks are cred­ited to Tognetti, with in­flu­ences rang­ing from Bar­tok to the film mu­sic of Hans Zim­mer. Along the way, there are short se­lec­tions from Peter Sculthorpe (a bizarre ver­sion of the ubiq­ui­tous Djilile ar­ranged for piano and strings) and Arvo Part, in­clud­ing a thrilling read­ing of the now fa­mil­iar Fra­tres. There are healthy stretches of su­per­charged Vi­valdi and ethe­real Beethoven, the slow move­ments of the Vi­o­lin Con­certo ca­ressed by Tognetti, and the Em­peror con­certo, nursed with af­fect­ing poise by Ta­mara-Anna Cis­lowska. The jux­ta­po­si­tions are a bit of a jolt, a mi­nor quib­ble that could yet be ad­justed by re­order­ing the items. The per­for­mances ad­here to the strato­spheric stan­dards we ex­pect from the ACO; they are uni­formly high-oc­tane, ar­rest­ing, never or­di­nary. De­spite the un­usual se­lec­tions and their or­der­ing, this al­bum will per­pet­u­ate mem­o­ries of an out­stand­ing film ex­pe­ri­ence. If it en­cour­ages au­di­ences to seek out more mu­sic by Part and his con­tem­po­raries, so much the bet­ter. If it en­cour­ages Tognetti to pur­sue fur­ther col­lab­o­ra­tions with film­mak­ers and the like, there will be no short­age of ACO mar­vels.

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