The Australian Chamber Orchestra and ABC Classics have teamed up to release what has been billed as the first Australian-produced classical vinyl release in two decades. The new LP will pair Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s Water – written following his tenure as ACO Composer in Residence in 2012 – with Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

Greenwood’s piece – which is scored for  strings, flutes, keyboard, piano and two Indian tanpura – was premiered as part of the ACO’s UK tour in 2014, receiving its Australian premiere in October that year. Limelight’s reviewer Sascha Kelly described it as a highlight of the orchestra’s Tognetti’s Beethoven tour, highlighting the work’s “layered, pulsing violins” and “grinding bass ostinato”. This will be its world premiere recording.

The LP will feature a live recording from the Sydney Opera House and the cover artwork has been provided by photographer and ACO collaborator Bill Henson.

A 2014 interview with Jonny Greenwood and Richard Tognetti.

The pairing of Greenwood’s Water, which was inspired by Philip Larkin’s poem of the same name, with Mozart’s ever-popular Eine Kleine Nachtmusic highlights a deliberate contrast.

“We have chosen an outrageous combination of works that you would never consider pairing, unless it were on an LP,’ ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti explained. “So consider this a curated, deliberate juxtaposition.”

“The notion of surprise is paramount in offering these wildly contrasting works,” he said. “But ‘a little night music’ is exactly what Jonny’s piece is. It’s something I would suggest you play once the sun sets, for its hypnotic drone-like structure presents something that really works best as daylight fades away…”


Water / Night Music can be preordered now and will be available from ABC Classics in digital and vinyl from November 10.