The ACO and ABC Classics release first Australian-produced classical vinyl for two decades

The ACO and ABC Classics release first Australian-produced classical vinyl for two decades

‘We have chosen an outrageous combination of works that you would never consider pairing unless it were on an LP,’ says Richard Tognetti.

The vinyl features the world-premierelive recording from the Sydney Opera HouseofWaterby Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood. This workpremiered as part of the ACO’s UK tour in 2014.Itwas an instant success, hailed for its ear-opening musical colours.

Waterwas written following Greenwood’s stint as the ACO's Composer in Residence in 2012. Its inspiration is Philip Larkin’s poem of the same name, which alludes to a glass of water ‘where any-angled light would congregate endlessly’. Scored for strings, flutes, keyboard, piano and two Indian tanpura, it takes the form of a continuous 15-minute movement.

The LP format inspired the pairing with Mozart’s ubiquitousEinekleine Nachtmusik. ‘We have chosen an outrageous combination of works that you would never consider pairing unless it were on an LP,’ says Richard Tognetti. ‘So consider this a curated, deliberate juxtaposition … The notion of surprise is paramount in offering these wildly contrasting works. But ‘a little night music’ is exactly what Jonny’s piece is. It’s something I would suggest you play once the sun sets, for its hypnotic drone-like structure presents something that really works best as daylight fades away…’

The resurgence of vinyl has been well documented. Giving both a superb aural experience and a satisfying tactile engagement, it has been for many a welcome response to our increasingly digital-focused world. The large-format cover is also an artistic opportunity and for this release Australian photographer, ACO artistic collaborator and music devotee Bill Henson generously provided one of his most evocative works.

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