This latest terrific concert by the Bach Akademie was filmed at the NSW Conservatorium of Music and streamed by the Australian Digital Concert Hall.
Directed by Madeleine Easton it was an inspired performance with sumptuous playing that focused on the structure of the music.
The concert is called WEAPONS OF RHETORIC as it draws on the book The Weapons of Rhetoric by Judy Tarling, who examines the links between music and rhetoric , particularly in the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The works chosen for the concert highlight J.S. Bach’s brilliance at persuasive musical conversation.
Before the various pieces, Jonathan Biggins OAM and Jonathan Horton QC read various snippets, defining and detailing how rhetoric can be used in both music and speech , while Bach Akademie presented examples of musical rhetoric . Continue reading BACH AKADEMIE WEAPONS OF RHETORIC→
Internationally acclaimed Australian violinist, director and concertmaster Madeleine Easton, founded Bach Akademie Australia, an Australian ensemble to bring the great musical tradition of Europe to Sydney.
The music of J.S. Bach will come alive in Sydney at two very special performances. Bach Akademie Australia and their newly formed choir will perform two of Bach’s greatest Cantatas and the rarely performed Ascension.
Bach Cantata BWV 12 'Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen'
Bach Cantata BWV 20 'O Ewigkeit, du Donnorwort'
Bach Ascension Oratorio BWV 11 'Lobet Gott'
Soloists: Amy Moore (Soprano), Tobias Cole (Alto), Richard Butler (Tenor), David Greco (Bass)
This early music concert in the wonderful surrounds of St Mary’s Cathedral’s Crypt provided an exciting opportunity to hear a legendary part of J S Bach’s output in a freshly-realised version. It also displayed the research skills, musicianship and contagious enthusiasm of historically informed performance expert Madeleine Easton and fellow instrumentalists.
Easton, the artistic director and founder of the Bach Akademie Australia, was joined by four other early music performance colleagues. These were namely Neal Peres Da Costa (harpsichord), Daniel Yeadon (cello), Mikaela Oberg (flute) and Rafael Font-Viera (violin).