Nothing filled my soul with fire on a chilly night like Bach – Passions of the Soul at the Melbourne Recital Centre by an ensemble of talented artists directed by Rachael Beesley, who also performed beautifully on the violin.
Bach – Passions of the Soul is one of a series of events from the Melbourne Recital Centre to celebrate the works of Bach. Throughout the year they are inviting more Australian musicians to perform Bach’s works.
There was something really special about these fine Australian baroque musicians who took us on a journey through a range of Bach’s works. We were treated to Bach’s infamous keyboard solos and instrumental concertos.
I do not pretend I am all knowing about how to critically evaluate classical music performances, but what I do know is what I like and what touches me on a spiritual level. There were many moments throughout the performance where I closed my eyes and was transported back in time with Bach himself.
One of the treats on the night was the baritone David Greco who performed a range of sets in German. Being unfamiliar with German myself, I could not make out the words but that did not stop me feeling the full emotion of them, thanks to David’s ability to project the wholly passionate force of the words; this was definitely something special.
Supporting David was Alto Hannah Piietsch, Tenor Dan Walker and Soprano Krist Biber who all enthralled and mesmerised the audience with Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV 56 and Ich habe genug, BWV 82. The audience erupted with appreciation at their passionate performance.
The performance, nearly two hours, went so quickly. So, I will definitely be going *Bach* for more…
Angela the lover of Bach and all things life.
The Melbourne Recital Centre always has a wide range of events for all to enjoy.
The venue is accessible.