ACO Up Close – Impressions of France

Impressions of France

Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra


Musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra take a journey to France as part of the intimate Up Close series.

At the heart of the program sits César Franck’s Violin Sonata, performed here in an arrangement for string orchestra by Richard Tognetti. ACO Principal Violin Satu Vänskä is the soloist, bringing to life the virtuosity and luminescence of this beloved masterpiece.

About the concert

The concert features the ACO’s first performances of music by two (unrelated) Boulangers. Lili Boulanger died at the age of 24, but in her short life established a formidable reputation as a composer that led to her being crowned the first female winner of the prestigious Prix de Rome. While Lili was at home amongst the conservatoires and cognoscenti, the Romanian-born entertainer and violinist Georges Boulanger was performing in cafes and salons across Europe. His 1924 song Avant de mourir went on to top Billboard’s Hot 100 in a cover by the US pop artists The Platters.

Grand dances from the French Baroque and music by 20th century masters Debussy and Ravel complete this varied tapestry.

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Australian Chamber Orchestra


Jean-Philippe Rameau
Les Indes Galantes: Dance of the Savages
Dardanus: Sommeil (Dream)

Claude Debussy – arr. Richard Tognetti
The Interrupted Serenade

Maurice Ravel – arr. Richard Tognetti
Two Hebrew Melodies: I. Kaddisch

Lili Boulanger – arr. strings
D’un matin de printemps (Of a Spring Morning)

Georges Boulanger – arr. strings
Avant de mourir (My Prayer)

César Franck – arr. Richard Tognetti
Violin Sonata in A