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The dazzling and timeless music of Bach, Vivaldi, Geminiani and Handel.

Is it possible that all roads lead from La Folia? Probably the oldest known musical theme of European culture, it has resonated through the centuries, from Corelli, Liszt and Beethoven, through to the artists of today.

In what marks the Australian debut of perennially in-demand director Jonathan Cohen, whose packed list of directorships includes The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Arcangelo and Les Violons du Roy, this virtuosic and evocative program may help answer this question as it moves from Vivaldi and Handel to the lesser-known but harmonically gifted Francesca Caccini.

Naturally, the family Bach is also prominent. Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve is at the helm of CPE Bach’s impassioned Cello Concerto in A major, while the composer’s father, Johann Sebastian, features twice, including his final masterpiece The Art of Fugue, devised not for a patron but as the fruit of his late-in-life focus on pure composition. A world premiere from composer Paul Stanhope will present a modern take on the La Folia theme before Geminiani’s own famed La Folia variations, the Concerto Grosso in D minor.

Details correct at time of publication

  • Locatelli
    Concerto grosso in E-flat major “Il pianto d’Arianna
    JS Bach
    The Art of Fugue: Contrapunctus 8
    Handel
    Concerto Grosso in A minor
    Mozart
    Fugue in E-flat major (after Bach’s BWV876)
    Vivaldi
    Concerto for Strings in G minor, RV156
    JS Bach
    Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes: Sinfonia
    CPE Bach
    Cello Concerto in A major
    Francesca Caccini
    Ciaccona
    Stanhope
    Giving Ground – World Premiere
    Geminiani
    Concerto Grosso in D minor “La Folia
  • Guest Director and Keyboard
    Jonathan Cohen
    Director and Violin
    Helena Rathbone
    Principal Cello
    Timo-Veikko Valve
    Orchestra
    Australian Chamber Orchestra