Bach - The Passions of the Soul

Considered the most famous composer on earth and a member of the largest musical family of musicians in the world – Melbourne Recital Centre is celebrating Bach this June.

Melbourne Recital Centre has always had a soft spot for Johann Sebastian Bach, the greatest of all Baroque composers, and a creative soul whose music and ideas remain as fresh now as they did 300 years ago.

This June, an ensemble of Australia’s leading Baroque specialists will be led by internationally acclaimed violinist Rachael Beesley, to celebrate the very best of Bach – joined by world-renowned Australian soloists. These joyous, heartfelt and exquisite works will feature David Greco, a leading baritone who’s performed with Opera Australia, Sydney Symphony and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Emma Black principal oboist of Wiener Akademie in Vienna, and fresh from his Adelaide Festival triumph harpsichordist Erin Helyard. From Bach’s Cantata Op 82 ‘I have enough’, through to the sparkling Concerto for oboe and violin and solo works for harpsichord, rediscover for the first time or enjoy familiar favourites from the Baroque master.

Bach – The Passions of the Soul opens a window into the unique and brilliant world of J.S. Bach – his compositions range from solo keyboard works, to complex musical structures of canons and fugues, to the glories of sacred texts in his cantatas and the exuberant joy of his instrumental concertos. An intoxicating program of masterworks from a musician considered to be the most famous composer on earth, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Australia is renowned internationally for the quality of its musicians working in Baroque music, and this showcase of musical talent is designed to both shine a light on the marvellous music of J.S. Bach, while highlighting the wealth of talent in Australia.

It’s a Bach weekend, with this celebration concert on Saturday 24 June and the Centre’s Bach Competition on Sunday 25 June.


Bach – The Passions of the Soul
Saturday 24 June, 2017
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, 7.30pm (One hour & 45-mins incl. interval)


Rachael Beesley violin
Erin Helyard harpsichord/organ
David Greco baritone
Emma Black oboe
Bach’s Musicians


Toccata in D, BWV912
Trio Sonata in F, BWV1040
Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor, BWV1060R
‘Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen’, BWV56
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Concerto for harpsichord/oboe d’amore in A, BWV1055
Orchestral Suite No.3 in D, BWV1068 (Air)
‘Ich habe genug’, BWV82


A reserve $55 ($45 concession)
B reserve $45 ($40 concession)


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