Friday, September 2, 2011

ACO 2012 Season – a triumph for flannelette

Here’s a few observations about the ACO’s 2012 season brochure, which I received today:

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          • The svelte Russell Crowe look on the cover is definitely eye-catching.    Could this be the very first time a man in a flannelette shirt has appeared on the front cover of a major orchestral ensemble’s new season program?  If so, why has it taken so long?
          • Ideally there’d be a Winnie Blue dangling from the corner of Tognetti’s mouth but we can’t have everything.
          • Has someone found God?  The program includes a lot of religious toe-tappers:
            • Ah, Gentle Jesu
            • Most Holy Mother of God
            • Veni Creator Spiritus (three times!)
            • Exsultate Jubilate
            • Prayer of Christ Ascending Towards His Father

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          • The ACO appears to have significantly decreased its component of music written by living composers, but two of the composers only died quite recently: Meale (2009) and Gorecki (2010)
          • If these two were treated as living composers (although the technology is currently beyond us) the Live Music ratio jumps to 20%

 

 

 

 

 

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          • After flirting last year with a few more pieces appearing on the composite “top 200 classical classics” lists, the ACO has again reverted to avoiding these works like the plague, mostly

 

 

 

 

 

 

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          • The Repertoire Safety Index has dropped a bit, indicating that the ACO is playing more works by famous composers, but not necessarily their famous works
          • It remains to be seen whether one of the other orchestras will trump them on this score

 

 

 

 

 

 

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          • For the record, works by Australian composers steady at 9%

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