Intimate Bach

by sandilandsr


Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth CBD, Western Australia, Australia-6000 View Map


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.


  • Richard Tognetti - Director & Violin 
  • Brett Dean - Viola 
  • Erin Helyard - Harpsichord 
  • Timo-Veikko Valve - Cello


  • Bach Andante from Sonata for Solo Violin No.2 in A minor 
  • Bach Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No.2 in A major 
  • György Kurtág Hommage à J.S.B. from Signs, Games and Messages 
  • Bach Selections from Three-Part Inventions 
  • Marais Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris 
  • Brett Dean Approach (Prelude to a Canon) Australian Premiere* (Commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra) 
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B-flat major

Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra.