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Satu Vänskä plays Bach’s Violin Concerto

Posted on 27 May 2015 by Leo Messias


In Egarr & The Golden Age, ACO Principal Violin Satu Vänskä plays Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor – the first time in nearly 20 years that the ACO has played this magnificent concerto in a main stage season. We are lucky to be treated to this concerto written in the 1720s, one of only two Bach wrote for solo violin, played on Australia’s only Stradivarius violin – dating from 1728/29.

Watch Video – Satu plays a passage of Bach’s Violin Concerto

Learn More – about the ACO’s collection of rare Italian instruments crafted between the late 16th and 18th centuries.

“Bach’s violin concertos are among the staples for the violinist, particularly younger players learning the instrument. I have never performed the A minor Concerto as an adult and I cannot remember my first attempt to play it as a child, which is perhaps a good thing!” said Satu.

Ever the inventor, Bach enjoyed the endless possibilities of instrumentation, often rearranging works to suit his own needs. Satu explains that “Bach himself rearranged this work as the Harpsichord Concerto in G minor. Many others have followed his lead and played it on a variety of instruments. I remember hearing a particularly interesting performance on a bandoneon, which is a kind of concertina!”

“It is always a transcendent experience for a musician to translate the mind-boggling writing from Bach to sounds in a concert hall, making it our own.” she concluded.

13-28 June

Travel back in time with Richard Egarr as he presents music from the Golden Age performed on the ACO’s stunning collection of rare Italian instruments from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

PURCELL The Fairy Queen: Suite (selections)
W LAWES Consort set in 6 parts in C major
JS BACH Violin Concerto in A minor
HAYDN Keyboard Concerto in D major
HAYDN Symphony No.44 in E minor