ACO – Bach

Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra


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.

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Richard Tognetti director & Violin
Anna Dowsley mezzo-soprano
Helena Rathbone violin
Timo-Veikko Valve cello
Erin Helyard harpsichord & fortepiano
Australian Chamber Orchestra


Johann Ludwig Bach
Overture – Suite in G

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata à 5 in F

Johann Christian Bach
Meine Freundin, du bist schön: Ciaconna
‘Mein Freund is Mein’

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for Two Violins in D minor
Cantata ‘Widerstehe doch der Sünde’
Cantata ‘Ich habe genug’: ‘Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen’

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.12 in A, Andante – after Johann Christian Bach

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach
Sinfonia in D minor: I. Allegro Die Amerikanerin: ‘Mein Herz fleucht ihr entgegen’

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Cello Concerto in A


This production is part of the following series:

Australian Chamber Orchestra 2022

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.