The Carrodus, built by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù in 1743 and valued at around Aus$10 million, is among the finest violins in existence, being one of only 100 del Gesù violins in the world today. It has been acquired by an anonymous private Australian benefactor, for the use of the ACO’s artistic director, Richard Tognetti.
“We are lucky to work with some of the best musicians and halls nationally and internationally and we look for clear natural sound, depth, texture, and sublime detail in a recording”, commented Tognetti. “We are confident that this purchase will greatly enhance our recorded sound from demo to full professional CD quality.”
Audiences around Australia have already had the opportunity to hear the del Gesù on the ACO’s national concert tour, Revolution. The mics have also been put to good use in the new Musica Surfica documentary, shot on Kings Island in Southern Australia, which teams Tognetti with surf champion Derek Hynd to demonstrate the benefits of taking risks in their respective arts.
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