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Richard Tognetti’s always stimulating ACO concerts are as greatly loved in Adelaide as they are around the world. Their unforgettable rendition of the Goldberg Variations in 2018 featured on continuo long-time collaborator Erin Helyard, whose musical direction and spectacular candle-lit solo on rotating pipe organ in Kosky’s Saul are etched in Festival-goers’ memories.
Now they are back as a duo in this exploration of one of those musical seismic shifts that often accompany a change in century: From the age of reason to the birth of romanticism. Performing on period instruments, the diligence and intelligence of these consummate musicians will deliver startling new insights into well-known sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven, including the latter’s magnificent and tumultuous Kreutzer.
Beethoven (1770-1827): Sonata in G major, Op.30 No.3
Mozart (1756-1791): Sonata in B-flat major, K.454
Beethoven (1770-1827): Sonata in A major, Op.47 No.9 ‘Kreutzer’
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Richard Tognetti is one of the most characterful, incisive and impassioned violinists to be heard today.
The Daily Telegraph, UK
there is something extraordinary about Helyard’s performances. That he is an innovative Handelian in the theatre is beyond question… but he is rarely heard as a soloist. And that is a pity, because he brings all the colour and drama he displays in opera to the keyboard.
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