A portrait of violist and composer Brett Dean

Intimate Bach

Intimate Bach
19 - 30 October 2019
A chamber highlight. Tickets from $49
Bach holds a special place in the heart of every ACO musician. In this program we explore his 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.

Program Detail

BACHAndante from Sonata for Solo Violin No.2 in A minor
BACHSonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.2 in A major
GYÖRGY KURTÁGHommage à J.S.B. from Signs, Games and Messages
BACH Selections from Three-Part Inventions
MARAISSonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris
BRETT DEANApproach (Prelude to a Canon) - Australian Premiere*
BACHBrandenburg Concerto No.6 in B-flat major
Concert duration
90 mins (incl interval)
Playlist by the ACO
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Free pre-concert talk
Join us 45 minutes before the performance to learn about the concert from a music expert.

Sat 19 Oct, 6:15pm

Tue 22 Oct, 7:15pm

Wed 23 Oct, 6:15pm

Fri 25 Oct, 12:45pm

Mon 21 Oct, 6:15pm

Thu 24 Oct, 6:45pm

Sun 27 Oct, 1:15pm

Mon 28 Oct, 6:45pm

Tue 29 Oct, 6:45pm

Wed 30 Oct, 6:45pm



Erin Helyard turning a page during performance

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