31 Mar

ACO StudioCasts

Bach and the Beyond


This StudioCast premieres at 8pm AEDT, Wednesday 31 March, 2021. Post the premiere, this film will remain available for subscribers to watch on-demand until 31 December 2021. At a time when we are all grappling with finding trust in this new world and hope for the future, it is astonishing how relevant Bach remains. This evocative and impassioned concert film pitches Bach’s timeless search for redemption alongside compositions by Richard Tognetti, elevated by the mesmerising vocals of Satu Vänskä. Bach’s Ricercar from ‘The Musical Offering’, with guest flautist Emmanuel Pahud, is a tumultuous six-part fugue tinged with personal anguish, while his ‘Erbarme dich’ from the ‘St Matthew Passion’, yearns for comfort in a heart-rending cello solo by ACO Principal Timo-Veikko Valve. There is a natural connection with excerpts from our 2012 film, ‘The Reef’, in particular ‘Beyond’, which was inspired by Tognetti seeing images of underwater swimmers seemingly caught in the “troubled peace” between life and death. Lest the afterlife feel placid and safe, ‘Deviance’, Tognetti’s re-imagining of Paganini’s Caprice No.24, suggests the world beyond could be happily devilish too. PROGRAM BACH (arr. Tognetti) The Musical Offering, BWV1079: Ricercar a 6 BACH St Matthew Passion, BWV244: “Erbarme dich” BACH (arr. Tognetti) Partita for Solo Violin No.3 in E major, BWV1006: I. Preludio BACH (arr. Tognetti) Sonata for Solo Violin No.1 in G minor, BWV1001: II. Fuga DRAKE (arr. Tognetti) River Man TOGNETTI Beyond TOGNETTI Bathymetry TOGNETTI Transfiguration TOGNETTI Heston TOGNETTI Deviance (on Paganini’s Caprice No.24) ARTISTS Richard Tognetti – Director & Violin Emmanuel Pahud – Flute Satu Vänskä – Vocals Timo-Veikko Valve – Cello Jim Moginie – Guitar Australian Chamber Orchestra Matisse Ruby – Director Tyson Perkins – Director of Photography

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