Baroque Revelery

ACO: Baroque Revelery

Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra


A sordid musical romp through Europe

Nothing was modest or anodyne about Baroque Europe. This wasn’t a neat and pretty world; it was ultra-vibrant. Its paintings and plays ribald and florid, its music pulsing with lives that could be sordid as much as sacred. In this exciting collaboration with Belvoir Theatre we explore the music and the musicians who created this vibrant sound world.

Richard Tognetti directs an orchestra of ACO soloists, featuring music by Heinrich Biber, whom some have called the musical equivalent of Hieronymus Bosch, storyteller Francesca Caccini, and of course the devilish Tartini.

To fully appreciate this today requires a multi-sensory experience, an immersion that all but recreates the spirit of the Baroque. But be careful: the vividness of Baroque life may come as a shock to our 21st-century sensibilities!

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Richard Tognetti Director
Helena Rathbone Violin
Satu Vänskä Violin
Stefanie Farrands Viola
Timo-Veikko Valve Cello
Erin Helyard Harpsichord
Australian Chamber Orchestra


Giulio Caccini

Barbara Strozzi
Arie, Op.8, No.6 ‘Che si può fare’

C.P.E. Bach
Cello Concerto in A, Wq.172

Giuseppe Tartini (arr. Kreisler)
Violin Sonata in G minor ‘The Devil’s Trill’

Francesco Geminiani
Concerto Grosso in D minor, H.143 ‘La folia’

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Sonata Representativa


This production is part of the following series:

Australian Chamber Orchestra 2021

In 2021 the ACO are presenting an ambitious season with more music than ever before, with a radiant series of live performances alongside cinematic and immersive concert films.