Cancelled: To Bach and Back: Sophie Rowell

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Event details

The greatest and most prolific of composers, J.S. Bach still has plenty to teach us about the joys of new music.

MSO Concertmaster Sophie Rowell leads the orchestra through Bach, Sallinen, Grieg and Antonio Agri in this joyful concert series which sees the genius of Bach refashioned, with classical accordionist James Crabb performing as soloist.

The Scottish virtuoso has been praised the world-over for his versatile musicianship and has appeared with the London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, MSO and countless contemporary world-class ensembles.

Crabb brings his passion and acclaimed authority for the music of Astor Piazzolla to the program by way of Argentinian Antonio Agri’s Desde Adentro. Agri and Piazzolla met and began collaborating in 1961, when Agri joined the composer’s Quinteto Nuevo Tango. Piazzolla would later make Agri the lead violin in his 1968 musical, María de Buenos Aires. Here Crabb leads a performance of Agri’s Desde Adentro, meaning “from within”, originally recorded with conductor José Carli in 1997.

Contemporary Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen’s Barrabas Variations also features accordion as the solo instrument, a melancholy work which builds from a frenetic atmosphere, featuring trills and repeated rhythms to a haunting, wistful conclusion.

Sophie Rowell leads the MSO in Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.3 and Concerto in A minor, highlighting the composer’s mastery of harmony and counterpoint.

Presented by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra


J.S. Bach
Orchestral Suite No. 3

Aulis Sallinen
Barabbas Variations

J.S. Bach
Concerto in A minor

Agri / Carli
Desde Adentro

Holberg Suite


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Sophie Rowell director / violin
James Crabb accordion


This production is part of the following series: