Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
'Throughout, Adele Anthony plays beautifully, with warm, luminous tone, and she's well supported by the Adelaide orchestra... Anthony has the measure of the Sibelius... playing with complete assurance, and her mellow tone is heard to splendid effect in the lyrical passages, above all in the Adagio...'
'She’s superb.... and she makes a glowing case for Australian composer Ross Edwards’s Maninyas ... And it’s magnificently played by Anthony, whose athleticism in the faster sections is staggering... Anthony’s slow movement [Sibelius] is ecstatic, and she closes proceedings with a finale that’s infectious and ultimately thrilling... She’s superbly accompanied by Arvo Volmer’s Adelaide forces, and the recording is nicely balanced.'
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'... None of the above prepared me for the phenomenal quality of her playing of the Sibelius. I can honestly say I have never heard the work played before with such accuracy and apparent ease... As far as the performance of the solo part is concerned this would be my number one choice... Purchasers buying the disc for either work should be delighted with their ‘main’ choice but equally pleased with the remaining music....On the strength of her magnificent reading of the Sibelius Ms Anthony is a name I will actively seek out in the future.'
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With a reputation for youthful vitality and superb artistry, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra plays a central role in the heart of the South Australian community.
This Orchestra celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2011 under the leadership of Music Director and Chief Conductor Arvo Volmer. It is the largest performing arts organisation in South Australia, each year performing over 100 concerts across a diverse musical spectrum. The ASO also provides the Orchestral support for the State Opera of South Australia and performances by the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia, and is the most prolific contributor to the biennial Adelaide Festival.
The ASO’s commitment to artistic excellence has also strengthened its reputation internationally. Following its groundbreaking 1996 tour of China, the ASO won world acclaim in 1998 with Australia’s first production of Wagner’s Ring cycle. This monumental project was repeated in 2004 and in 2009 the ASO performed at Carnegie Hall, New York as part of the G’Day USA celebrations. The ASO is acknowledged and critically acclaimed for its recordings and its ongoing commitment to Australian composers and has released recordings on ABC Classics, Melba and Opus Arte.