Good to see Australian National Treasure Richard Tognetti winning headlines in the UK with a highly laudatory full page feature in the Sunday Telegraph extolling his role as artistic director of the recent Maribor Festival.
Apparently Tognetti’s influence inspired an influx of players and camp followers from the ACO that included “a blistering concert” from the Aussie band. Reviewer John Allison hailed the ACO as “one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world” and said its playing is consistently alive because “its musicians – rather like actors in a repertory theatre company – are always bouncing off each other in a spirit of fun”.
Much more was written in praise of Tognetti’s leadership and playing plus the way he tailored his innovative programme to Maribor’s numerous unique venues.
It’s worth noting the Slovenian city is due to become a European Capital of Culture in 2012 when Tognetti’s next festival is due to take place. A date for the diary indeed.