ACO StudioCasts

ACO StudioCasts

Experience pure musical immersion with our ACO StudioCasts concert films.

The ACO launched ACO StudioCasts to critical and popular acclaim in 2021. With seven films currently in the catalogue, each directed by Matisse Ruby, ACO StudioCast films are a pioneering and musically rewarding digital music experience that showcases the musical breadth and daring virtuosity for which the ACO is renowned around the world.

From timeless classics such as Vaughan Williams’s breathtaking The Lark Ascending and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings to groundbreaking music by ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti and Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, ACO StudioCasts invites audiences to bring the ACO into their homes for a bespoke and utterly compelling music experience.

Awards for ACO StudioCasts films include Best Direction Award at the 2022 Australian Directors’ Guild Awards (Tabula Rasa), a Gold Award at the 2022 Australian Cinematographers Society Awards (Rapture & Revolution) and a Gold Award at the 2021 Australian Cinematographers Society Awards (Tchaikovsky’s Serenade) and a nomination for Best Director Award at the 2021 Directors Guild Awards (Love & Transfiguration).


ACO StudioCasts
  • ACO StudioCasts: Rapture & Revolution

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    Beauty can be revolutionary too, as this debut release in our inaugural season of concert films, ACO StudioCasts, will prove.

    Filmed in the grand and expansive Centennial Hall at Sydney Town Hall, the film opens with Schubert's Quartettsatz, followed by Vaughan Williams’s ‘The Lark Ascending’. ...

  • ACO StudioCasts: Bach and the Beyond

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    At a time when we are all grappling with finding trust in this new world and hope for the future, it is astonishing how relevant Bach remains. This evocative and impassioned concert film pitches Bach’s timeless search for redemption alongside compositions by Richard Tognetti, elevated by the mesm...

  • ACO StudioCasts: Tchaikovsky's Serenade

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    Majestic and nation-defying music is no small feat, demanding spirit, nationalism and honour. However, music coming from one’s core can ask something special too. Maybe at times even ask more, in the way George Walker’s ‘Lyric for Strings’ blends lamentation and lushness direct from the Pulitzer ...

  • ACO StudioCasts: Love & Transfiguration

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    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 an...

  • ACO StudioCasts: Schubert's Quintet

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    Schubert’s career was marked by admiration for Beethoven and his desire to match the heights achieved by his hero. In his “perfect” Quintet, possibly the best longform piece of chamber music ever written, he achieved that goal.

    Composed in the final weeks of his life, the writing is symphonic, a...

  • ACO StudioCasts: Tabula Rasa

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    Directed by Matisse Ruby and filmed at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, this spectacular concert film features Artistic Director Richard Tognetti leading the ACO through performances of Arvo Pärt's Tabula Rasa and Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony, integrated with imagery and video projections by renowne...

  • ACO StudioCasts: Beethoven & Bridgetower

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    It’s a passionate and sweepingly epic work, but there’s also drama off stage in what is arguably Beethoven’s most loved and performed violin sonata.

    Known as The Kreutzer for its dedication to the violinist Rudolphe Kreutzer, lost in history is its original dedication to George Bridgetower, a f...