Richard Tognetti & ACO Soloists are back to perform Baroque masterpieces by Bach and Vivaldi in a special concert on Sunday 16 October 2pm at Sydney Opera House, and on Wednesday 19 October 7.30pm at Perth Concert Hall.
Ahead of these concerts, enjoy the live performance of our critically acclaimed concert featuring Richard Tognetti and the ACO at the Sydney Opera House, Beethoven & Mozart V.
The Art of Fugue was Bach’s last major project and this definitive exploration of the possibilities of counterpoint is perhaps his most ambitious undertaking, transcending mere theory to achieve rapturous heights.
Beethoven was deeply influenced by Bach, studying his scores in the library of the Archduke Rudolph. He was driven to explore the fugal form, in works such as the Fugue in D major – his only late work completed for string quintet – and notably his Grosse Fuge, which The New Yorker music critic Alex Ross called “a musicological Holy Grail”, and “the most radical work by the most formidable composer in history”.
In this tour de force directed by Richard Tognetti, the Grosse Fuge takes its original place as the finale of the String Quartet Op.130, a work that veers from torrential passion to aching beauty.
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