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ACO – Intimate Bach

Thu 24 Oct

Featuring Richard Tognetti, Erin Helyard, Brett Dean and ACO Principal Cello, Timo-Veikko Valve.

Bach holds a special place in the heart of every Australian Chamber Orchestra musician.

In this program the ACO explore Bach’s genius with an impressive line-up featuring Richard Tognetti, Erin Helyard, Brett Dean and ACO Principal Cello, Timo-Veikko Valve.

Richard Tognetti’s solo violin opens the program. Its pure, captivating tone sets the scene before giving way to the vibrant lyricism of the Sonata in A major for violin and harpsichord. A favourite of Richard’s and audiences alike, his recording of the complete Bach Sonatas for violin and harpsichord won an ARIA Award for Best Classical Album.

Brett Dean features as both composer and performer in this program. Commissioned by the ACO and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, his Approach (Prelude to a Canon), was written as a prologue to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.6, leading directly into what he calls the “close, contrapuntal companionship” of the voices in Bach.

Bach’s inventive Brandenburg Concertos are one of his many crowning achievements. The Sixth Concerto is the most intimate of all and a striking and elegant finale to the famous suite.

BACH Andante from Sonata for Solo Violin No.2 in A minor

BACH Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.2 in A major

GYÖRGY KURTÁG Hommage à J.S.B. from Signs, Games and Messages

BACH Selections from Three-Part Inventions

MARAIS Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris

BRETT DEAN Approach (Prelude to a Canon) Australian Premiere*

BACH Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B-flat major

* Commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

Photo by Robert Piccoli Photography Melbourne


Director & Violin Richard Tognetti
Viola Brett Dean
Harpsichord Erin Helyard
Valve Cello Timo-Veikko
Australian Chamber Orchestra

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