Cancelled: Nordic Noir

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Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Nordic Noir on Wednesday 2 December has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

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Event details

Sibelius, Grieg, Rautavaara & Vasks

Exploring the Nordic realms is almost second nature for the ACO, whose Finnish contingent within the Orchestra is just one element of the connection they’ve built to the region over the years.

Is it the lush melodies and the way the music can evoke landscapes rich with extremes? Is it the way the past influences and infiltrates the present, whether in folk melodies repurposed or nods to composers past? In a program that ranges from Iceland and Finland to Denmark and Norway, with a diversion to the outlier, Latvia, Sibelius’s Andante Festivo and Grieg’s Erotikk bring an elegant, sometimes sombre romanticism to the fore, while arrangements of traditional Danish folks songs offer something playful and joyful.

Excitingly, there is the Australian premiere of Illumine by one of this century’s most electrifying talents, Iceland’s Anna Thorvaldsdottir, who balances subtle sounds within ruggedly grand musical landscapes. On a more intimate, but hardly less dramatic, scale will be Maxime Bibeau’s solo double bass tour-de-force in Vasks’ Bass Trip which amplifies the Latvian composer’s own background as a double bass player, while the free fantasies of Rautavaara’s The Fiddlers reconnects contemporary Finland with its folk roots.

Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Satu Vänskä Violin
Maxime Bibeau Double Bass
Australian Chamber Orchestra


Anna Thorvaldsdottir
Illumine – Australian Premiere

Jean Sibelius
Andante Festivo

Allan Pettersson
Sonata for Two Violins No.2

Edvard Grieg
Erotik (arr. Tognetti)

Einojuhani Rautavaara
The Fiddlers

Pēteris Vasks
Bass Trip

Jón Leifs
String Quartet No.3 “El Greco”: V. The Resurrection (arr. strings)

Wood Works: Selections (arr. Danish String Quartet)

Olli Mustonen
Nonetto No.1