Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, The National’s Bryce Dessner, and American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens were all influenced by great composers. In this album, recorded live in concert in 2019, the ACO performs their music alongside the source of their inspiration: Polish nationals Witold Lutosławski and Krzysztof Penderecki.
Lutosławski’s Overture for Strings is an almost dizzyingly multifaceted experiment, with one foot in neoclassicism and the other in the avant-garde. Bryce Dessner’s Réponse Lutosławski is a homage to Lutosławski, whom he credits with having illuminated the way forward in his own musical development.
Jonny Greenwood cites another Polish composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, as contributing to his experimental musical language. The suite from Greenwood’s film score, There Will Be Blood, is foreboding, hopeful and beautifully evocative.
Sufjan Stevens is widely celebrated as an American indie luminary, and Suite from Run Rabbit Run is Michael Atkinson's précis of his 2001 album Enjoy Your Rabbit. Rhythmic drive, catchy melodies and mesmerising string sounds make this arrangement an energising and immersive experience.
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ture for Strings [5'29]
2–6. BRYCE DESSNER Réponse Lutosławski [18'45]
7–10. SUFAN STEVENS (arr. Michael Atkinson) Suite from Run Rabbit Run [12'41]
11. KRYSTOF PENDERECKI Three Pieces in Baroque Style: I. Aria [2'13]
12. KRYSTOF PENDERECKI String Quartet No.1 [5'50]
13–17. JONNY GREENWOOD Suite from There Will Be Blood [13'21]
Richard Tognetti Director and Violin
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Release date: 21/10/2022
Label: ABC Classic
Catalogue number: ABCL0032D