With its elegance, intelligence, and clarity of form, Mozart’s music epitomises The Age of Reason. His Auernhammer Sonatas are dedicated to pianist and composer Josepha Auernhammer. She was Mozart’s prodigiously talented pupil, before becoming his colleague and duo partner. In the company of long-time collaborator, fortepianist Erin Helyard, Richard Tognetti steps into hallowed terrain: Mozart violin sonatas and Auernhammer’s own variations, played on period instruments.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Violin Sonata in G major, K.379: Adagio Allegro [Theme and variations] Andantino cantabile Josepha Auernhammer (1758-1820): 6 Variations on “Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja” A. Mozart: Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304: Allegro Tempo di minuetto Auernhammer: 12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman” A. Mozart: Sonata in A major, K.526: Molto allegro Andante Presto
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Generously supported by Leading Patron Ulrike Klein AO. Commissioned work supported by the Chamber Landscapes Commissioning Circle.
Richard Tognetti, violin Erin Helyard, fortepiano
Richard Tognetti, violin
Richard Tognetti is Artistic Director and Lead Violin of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared as director or soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Richard is an acclaimed composer, having curated and co-composed film scores including the ACO’s Mountain. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010 and was made a National Living Treasure in 1999.
Erin Helyard, fortepiano
Erin Helyard has been acclaimed as an inspiring conductor, a virtuosic and expressive performer of the harpsichord and fortepiano, and a lucid scholar who is passionate about promoting discourse between musicology and performance. Helyard is particularly active in reviving in both score and performance neglected seventeenth- and eighteenth-century operas as the Artistic Director of Pinchgut Opera and the Orchestra of the Antipodes (Sydney).