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Sunday 27 November 2022  |  2:30PM


Last year, Timo-Veikko Valve (Principal Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra) and Aura Go (Coordinator of Piano at the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music at Monash University) pulled off an astonishing feat of Beethovenian struggle, resilience and triumph when they performed the complete cycle of Cello Sonatas three times over one weekend to accomodate a COVID-reduced capacity of just 60 patrons per concert. Now that such restrictions have lifted, we couldn't resist the opportunity to invite them back for an equally transcendental sequel.

'There are a number of threads running through this program. One is the story of the cello and piano duo sonata through time – from Bach, through to Beethoven, and Mustonen. Another is Bach himself – with Beethoven, Kate Moore and Mustonen paying homage to Bach in different ways in their quest for transcendence. And there is a more personal thread, particularly in the second half. We pay tribute to Jaakko Kuusisto, whose song cycle Tānā Aamuna was dedicated to and performed by Tipi's sister Liisa. We've discovered that these songs work beautifully on the cello – and also work very well with Helvi Leiviskä's Cantabile. Kate's solo work is dedicated to cellist Lady Blijdorp and is a kind of "portrait piece" inspired by Bach and bell-bird calls. Mustonen's Sieluntintu (Soul Bird) continues the bird theme, this time from ancient Finnish mythology in which the soul is carried by a bird at the time of birth and death.

– Aura Go


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Keyboard in D, BWV 1028

I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
Malinconia, Op. 20

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Sonata for Piano and Cello No. 5 in D, Op. 102 No. 2

I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto – Attacca
III. Allegro – Allegro fugato


Jaakko Kuusisto (1974–2022)
Tänä Aamuna, Op. 2

Helvi Leiviskä (1902–1982)

Kate Moore (b.1979)
Lidy's Piece

Olli Mustonen (b. 1967)
Sielulintu (Soul Bird)

Sonata for Cello and Piano

I. Achtel ca. 66
II. Andantino
III. Precipitato
IV. Viertel ca. 63

Duration | Approximately two hours, including a twenty-minute interval.
Note | Complimentary afternoon tea will be served during the interval.
Dining Options | A Ploughman's Lunch can be pre-booked to enjoy before the concert ($25). 

Photo Credits:

Timo-Veikko Valve: Jamie Williams
Aura Go: Keith Saunders

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