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Australian Chamber Orchestra: Bach

29 June @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST

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Mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley is the special guest as the ACO explores the music of JS Bach and his extended – and extensive – family. Her set list includes arias from a pair of Bach cantatas, a beautiful Ciaconna by Bach’s son Johann Christian and an aria by JCF Bach (another son) going by the curious appellation Die Amerikanerin (The American Girl). The program also includes Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins played by Richard Tognetti and Helena Rathbone, Timo-Veikko Valve in CPE Bach’s magnificent Cello Concerto in A, and music by JL Bach (a third cousin) and Heinrich Bach (a noted Bach ancestor). Erin Helyard plays harpsichord and fortepiano.

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JS Bach’s Double Violin Concerto is the glowing centrepiece of a Bach family reunion that celebrates this greatest of all musical dynasties. It is justly one of Bach’s most beloved works. It has a Largo of heart-stopping beauty in which the two soloists weave around one another rapturously. The chance to hear Richard Tognetti and Principal Violin Helena Rathbone perform this timeless masterpiece is a gift beyond price.

This reunion with JS’s forebears and children explores the vast span of genius comprised in one family, from ravishing arias to intricate orchestral works. The program closes with his famous son, Carl Philipp Emanuel, as our Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve performs his virtuosic and vivid Cello Concerto in A major.

This is an unmissable concert that reveals why many believe JS Bach to be the greatest, and most enduring, composer of all time.


29 June
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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City Recital Hall
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
02 8256 2222
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Australian Chamber Orchestra
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