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Love & Transfiguration


How do light and joy come from what feels like our darkest moments? Maybe it is that love can transform, as this concert film does, from sombre hues and shadows to the warmth and radiance of new light and new day. ‘Vox amoris’, written for Richard Tognetti in 2009, is an exquisitely beautiful and moving cinematic journey. Each time the force of feeling sweeps low, the violin’s song to the glory of love emerges from the gentle murmur of the strings. Such balancing of melancholy and light underpins the moral complexity in Schoenberg’s ‘Verklärte Nacht’, but the resolution finds love as a redeemer. Even Bach’s “Ich ruf zu dir”, performed by Richard Tognetti and ACO Principals Stefanie Farrands, Timo-Veikko Valve and Maxime Bibeau, is a cry of yearning to be freed from earthly suffering that takes on a joyous aspect. This is a film that will lift you out of daily life and into the light. This video will remain available for subscribers to watch on-demand until 31 December 2021. PROGRAM: PĒTERIS VASKS Vox amoris BACH Chorale Prelude “Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ”, BWV639 SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht, Op.4 ARTISTS: Richard Tognetti – Director & Violin Stefanie Farrands – Viola Timo-Veikko Valve – Cello Maxime Bibeau – Double Bass Australian Chamber Orchestra Matisse Ruby – Director Tyson Perkins & Drew English – Director of Photography

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