Bach to the Bush

Anthony Albrecht at the Adelonia Theatre on Sunday. For social photos see the Tuesday, July 11, edition of the Tumut and Adelong Times.

Renowned cellist Anthony Albrecht treated Adelong residents, and those that travelled to hear him play, at the Adelonia Theatre on Sunday, in a performance that focused on the works of Bach.

The show was part of his ‘Bach to the Bush’ tour, which has seen Anthony take his cello to 16 towns in regional areas in Australia with more to come – next up he’s heading off to North Queensland.

He said he was driven by a curiosity to see if there was a market for his kinds of work in places like Adelong.

“This tour is a bit of a social experiment for me to see if I could go to these beautiful regional towns and find an audience for classical music, especially the music of Bach,” he said.

The concert began with a “musical Welcome to Country,” which was a major departure from the classicism of Bach, and reimagined the sounds and style that one associates with the cello.

Anthony explained that it was intended by the composer as an aural representation of the landscape of Central Australia.

“I lay on the ground underneath a gum tree for hours trying to get that natural sound,” he explained.

Throughout the concert Anthony thoughtfully and pasionately explained at length the musical and historical contexts of the pieces he had chosen to play. For example, he enlightened the audience as to the social circumstances of 18th century Germany.

“Bach was writing at a time when people’s understanding of the world was very spiritually based, rather than scientific,” he said.

“Music was used then like any of the other sciences – astronomy, mathematics – to help people comprehend the world around them.”

Concert attendees also enjoyed afternoon tea provided by members of the Adelong Red Cross.