Media Release 22 August 2014
There Will Be Blood composer Jonny Greenwood to première ‘Water’ at the National Concert Hall played by the Australian Chamber Orchestra
“Probably the finest string ensemble on the planet”, The Daily Telegraph
There Will Be Blood composer Jonny Greenwood (best-known as the lead guitarist of the band Radiohead) will have his piece ‘Water’ performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) at the National Concert Hall on Thursday 2 October 2014, as part of their European Tour. This is the world première of the piece which has been worked on by the ACO and Greenwood over the last year.
The new work, for strings, piano and tāmbūra (a resonant lute like instrument of South Asia), will be prefaced by Haydn’s turbulent Symphony No.83 in G minor ‘La Poule’ and Mozart’s Piano Concerto in B flat major K.595 (with Steven Osborne as piano soloist), and followed by Tchaikovsky’s evocative Souvenir de Florence.
The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), under the direction of their lead violinist Richard Tognetti, is renowned for their imaginative programming and their unique artistic approach encompassing not only the masterworks of classical repertoire but also innovative cross-platform projects and a vigorous commissioning programme. They invited Greenwood to Sydney where they organised workshop sessions for the composer to explore and test ideas for his new piece with members of the orchestra.
ACO artistic director Richard Tognetti had nothing but accolades for Greenwood and his work: "I believe he’s the first celebrated pop musician who has been able to straddle the world of classical music…in terms of the cross-fertilization of ideas, it’s a great time to be a musician. [Greenwood] obviously loves music so much."
Greenwood has to date penned five ‘classical’ works: smear; Popcorn Superhet Receiver; Doghouse, 48 Responses to Polymorphia, and now Water.
Sections of the Greenwood’s Popcorn Superhet Receiver were later worked into his soundtrack for the Oscar-winning Paul Thomas Anderson film There Will Be Blood (2007) which was controversially declared ineligible for an Oscar nomination because “the majority of the music was not composed specifically for the film”. Greenwood, however, went on to scoop Best Film Score award at the 2007 Evening Standard British Film Awards and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Composer by the Broadcast Film Critics Association of the USA.
The National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series 2014/2015, supported by The Irish Times, continues in 2014 with a return to Ireland by leading tenor Juan Diego Flórez with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (25 October), the renowned Tallis Scholars (6 November), the Emerson String Quartet (17 November) and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century with conductor Kenneth Montgomery, pianist Finghin Collins and mezzo-soprano Rosanne van Sandwijk (29 November).
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
RICHARD TOGNETTI, LEADER/VIOLINIST
STEVEN OSBORNE, PIANO
Thursday 2 October 2014 at the National Concert Hall
Haydn Symphony No. 83 in G minor ‘La Poule’
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27, K 595
Jonny Greenwood Water (world première)
Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence
Tickets: €40, €45, €50, €60 (Choir Balcony €30)
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