Bach Akademie Australia presents ‘Bach’s Universal Light’ for Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, a journey from darkness into light through Bach’s universal genius, reflecting the difficult times for many of us this year. Performed in and broadcast from Sydney’s National Art School, ‘In memoriam’ for 2020, they begin with his haunting early cantata ‘Actus Tragicus’. Paring the music back to just one instrument, Bach’s solo works are featured drawing us towards a turning point of hope and light. No composition of his urges us onwards towards joy more than his Brandenburg Concerto no. 4.
The artists: Bach Akademie Australia
Madeleine Easton – Director/Violin/ Matthew Greco and Rafael Font – Violins / Marianne Yeomans – Viola/ Daniel Yeadon – Cello/Viola da Gamba/ Anton Baba – Viola da Gamba/ Kirsty McCahon – Violone/Neal Peres Da Costa – Harpsichord/Organ/ Mikaela Oberg and Alicia Crossley – Recorders/ Susannah Lawergren – Soprano/ Tobias Cole – Countertenor/ Richard Butler – Tenor/ Andrew O’Connor – Baritone
The programme: J S Bach: Cantata BWV 106 ‘Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit’ – Actus Tragicus/ Toccata and Fugue BWV 830 for solo harpsichord/ Praeludium, Gavotte en Rondeau & Gigue from Partita No. 3 BWV 1006/ Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major BWV 1049
Tickets: $20 cost plus a $4 charge for credit card fees, streaming costs etc