We asked nine musicians playing in the 3MBS Bach Marathon at Melbourne Recital Centre to nominate their favourite bits of Bach.

Stefan Cassomenos – pianist

Stefan Cassomenos, Bach Marathon, 3MBSStefan Cassomenos. Photo: supplied

Credo in unum Deum from Mass in B Minor

I find it interesting how this music has a capacity to transport us not only to another time and place, but also to open up a window to a completely different value system. I particularly admire the recording by the Bach Collegium Japan, directed by Masaaki Suzuki.

Nicholas Dinopoulos – bass-baritone

Nicholas Dinopoulos, Bach Marathon, 3MBSNicholas Dinopoulos. Photo: supplied

The Christmas Oratorio

I think it changes every week! I’m sure this is a common response for many people, but how could I ever pick just one? [During the Christmas season], I love the joyous movements of the cantatas that make up the Christmas Oratorio.

William Hennessy – violinist

William Hennessy, Bach Marathon, 3MBSWilliam Hennessy. Photo: supplied

Mass in B Minor

It is the epitome of all that music can be. The ultimate in imagination, drama, craft, invention, form, grandeur, intimacy, beauty and magnificence.

Zoe Knighton – cellist

Zoe Knighton, Bach Marathon, 3MBSZoe Knighton. Photo: supplied

Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo, BWV 1043

Goodness, isn’t that like asking who is your favourite child? I think I’m going to have to say the second movement of the double violin concerto because it always gives me goose bumps.

Christian Li – violinist

Christian Li, Bach Marathon, 3MBSChristian Li. Photo: supplied

Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo, BWV 1043

I love the Bach Concerto for Two violins in D Minor, because it has such a beautiful slow movement. And I get to perform it in the marathon with my teacher!

Kathryn Selby – pianist

Kathryn Selby, Bach Marathon, 3MBSKathryn Selby. Photo: supplied

Concerto after the Italian Taste in F Major, BWV 971

The symmetry and sense of the work are most pleasing and create a sense of stability and rationality.

Laura Vaughan – viola da gamba

Laura Vaughan, Bach Marathon, 3MBSLaura Vaughan. Photo: supplied

Adagio from Sonata for Harpsichord and Viola da Gamba, BWV 1027

This is a completely impossible question to answer! One piece for which I have a personal fondness for is the middle movement, Adagio, of Bach’s Sonata for Harpsichord and Viola da Gamba in G Minor. It’s my favourite movement out of all of his sonatas, it’s so beautiful, and it was in fact one of the first pieces for viola da gamba that I ever heard, before I even knew what a viola da gamba was. Interestingly, it was an arrangement for piano played by Glenn Gould!

Timo-Veikko Valve – cellist

Timo-Veikko Valve, Bach MarathonTimo-Veikko Valve. Photo: supplied

Cello Suite No 6, BWV 1012

Impossible to answer, but of course as a cellist the Cello Suites are something that are with me daily. It would be a different world without his orchestral and choral music, I must say.

Robin Wilson – violinist

Robin Wilson, Bach Marathon, 3MBSRobin Wilson. Photo © Pia Johnson

Chaconne from Partita No 2 in D Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1004

It’s a profound journey that explores every human emotion from tender simplicity to joyous reverence and triumph.


The 3MBS Bach Marathon runs from 10am to 10pm at Melbourne Recital Centre, February 18.