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Dive In: Intimate Bach

Posted on 27 Aug 2018 by Bernard Rofe

Violist Bett Dean

The ACO's resident librarian and music expert Bernard Rofe has collated a preview of the music and composers that will appear in Intimate Bach.

Brett Dean

Brett Dean is one of the world's major figures in new music, and a former violist in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. His relationship with the ACO goes back decades. Watch him here discussing violins with Richard Tognetti.

Erin Helyard

Erin Helyard directs some of Australia's finest early music ensembles and is one of Australia's leading harpsichordists. Watch him here performing Handel's "Harmonious Blacksmith" variations.

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

Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin represent the ultimate challenge for any violinist. Not only are they extremely technically challenging, but they make great demands on the performer in terms of interpretation and expression. Richard Tognetti has a close affinity with these works, and his recordings of Bach have won three consecutive ARIA awards.

BACH Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B-flat major

Bach’s six concertos presented to the Margrave of Brandenburg are considered to be among the finest orchestral compositions of the Baroque era. They are like the concerto grossos of Corelli or Vivaldi, featuring groups of solo instruments, but are much more daringly scored. In the sixth concerto, Bach pits two violas against viola da gambas, cellos and bass. In the first movement the violas chase each other in a very close canon, while in the last they take part in a merry gigue.


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