Sonatas for Strings

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Music of timeless beauty by Elgar, Walton and Sculthorpe

‘A luminary of Australian classical music.’ The Australian on Richard Tognetti

We must agree that the beauty of a work of art will always remain a mystery,” declared Claude Debussy. This program epitomises exactly that, as many of these pieces don’t have an explanatory narrative, but a rich vein of timeless beauty.

William Walton’s Sonata for Strings is a seemingly effortless interweaving of parts, while fellow Brit, Sir Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings holds a special place in the heart of the ACO and it remains a favourite for musicians and audiences alike. Peter Sculthorpe’s first Sonata for Strings, Ravel’s Two Hebrew Melodies and Debussy’s Girl with the Flaxen Hair and Interrupted Serenade complete this musical treat.

Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra


Sonata for Strings No.1

DEBUSSY (arr. Richard Tognetti)
The Girl with the Flaxen Hair and The Interrupted Serenade from Preludes Book I

RAVEL (arr. Richard Tognetti)
Two Hebrew Melodies

Serenade for Strings

Sonata for Strings


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Australian Chamber Orchestra