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Watch: Bach's The Art Of Fugue

Posted on 27 Feb 2017 by Leo Messias

Image: ACO Principal Helena Rathbone, performing Bach's The Art Of Fugue. Helena is a featured soloist in Bach Violin Concertos alongside Richard Tognetti (director and violin), Satu Vänskä (violin), and Timo-Veikko Valve (cello).

Back in May 2016, Richard Tognetti and the ACO performed one of Western music’s greatest technical constructs, JS Bach’s The Art of Fugue.

This intricate exploration of the possibilities of counterpoint is perhaps his most ambitious undertaking, transcending mere theory to achieve rapturous musical heights. It inspired and awed audiences and critics alike with its “interlacing drama, irresistible momentum and constantly shifting architecture.” (The Australian)

Ahead of the Bach Violin Concertos national tour this April 2nd to 12th, we thought we'd give you a taster of last year's exhilarating performance by the ACO. Sit back and enjoy the Sydney Opera House performance of Contrapunctus 1-4 from The Art of Fugue. 

Alternatively, click here to listen to the full concert program playlist for Bach Violin Concertos.


2 - 12 April 2017
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Richard Tognetti 
Director & Violin
Helena Rathbone Violin
Satu Vänskä Violin
Timo-Veikko Valve Cello

(arr. Richard Tognetti) Preludio from Violin Partita No.3 in E major
BACH Violin Concerto No.2 in E major
BACH Sarabande from Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major
HAYDN Symphony No.22 in E-flat major The Philosopher
BACH Concerto for Two Violins in D minor
BACH Concerto for Three Violins in D major
HAYDN Symphony No.27 in G major