Bach and the Beyond

Bach and the Beyond

Australian Chamber Orchestra

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Inspired by the universal struggle to find hope in an uncertain future, this evocative concert pairs some of Bach's timeless Sonatas and Partitas with contemporary compositions by Richard Tognetti and Nick Drake.

Bach’s Ricercar from "The Musical Offering," featuring guest flutist Emmanuel Pahud (Principal Flute of the Berlin Philharmonic, filmed at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin), is a tumultuous six-part fugue infused with personal anguish. In contrast, his "Erbarme dich" from the "St. Matthew Passion" offers a heartfelt plea for comfort, with a moving cello solo by ACO Principal Timo-Veikko Valve. Richard Tognetti’s contemporary composition "Beyond," inspired by images of underwater swimmers seemingly caught in the “troubled peace” between life and death, seamlessly connects with Bach's profound works.

Filmed in a visually stunning blend of locations, this concert film masterfully intertwines classical and contemporary themes, exploring hope, despair, and the search for solace. The Australian Chamber Orchestra's innovative approach creates a captivating experience that bridges centuries of musical expression, making this performance an unforgettable journey through time and emotion. This fusion of Bach's genius with modern creativity offers a fresh perspective on the enduring power of music.

The Musical Offering, BWV1079: Ricercar a 6 - Bach, Johann Sebastian (arr. Richard Tognetti)
Partita for Solo Violin No.3 in E major, BWV1006: Preludio - Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Richard Tognetti)
Sonata for Solo Violin No.1 in G minor, BWV1001: Fuga - Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Richard Tognetti)
St Matthew Passion, BWV244: “Erbarme dich” - Johann Sebastian Bach
Bathymetry - Richard Tognetti*
Beyond - Richard Tognetti*
Heston - Richard Tognetti*
Transfiguration - Richard Tognetti*
River Man - Nick Drake
Deviance (on Paganini's Caprice No.24) - Niccolò Paganini / Tognetti, Richard

*Vocals by ACO Principal Violin Satu Vänskä.

Cast & Crew

(Director), Richard Tognetti (AO Director and Violin), Emmanuel Pahud (Flute), Satu Vänskä (Vocals), Timo-Veikko Valve (Cello), Jim Moginie (Guitar), (Orchestra), (Composer)

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