Egarr and the ACO present rare early gems

Richard Egarr


The Australian Chamber Orchestra with Richard Egarr as Guest Director and keyboard soloist performs works by some of the grand masters of early music. As soloist, Egarr will play the harpsichord as well as the fortepiano, with violinist Helena Rathbone leading the ensemble. Richard Egarr succeeded Christopher Hogwood as Music Director of The Academy of Ancient Music. He studied under Gustav Leonhardt and is sought after by both period and non-period ensembles. He has a discography of over 30 titles with the label Harmonia Mundi.

The repertoire includes Heinrich von Biber’s (1644-1704) vivid and entertaining Battalia, which cleverly recreates the sounds of war, cannon fire, fifes and drums, even drunken soldiers; two sonatas by Dario Castello (c 1590- 1658), composer of the early Venetian Baroque about whom little is known apart from that knowledge that he played thee cornetto or bassoon and worked at the Basilica of San Marco.

More familiar works include the Concerto Grosso, Op.6 No.1 of both Handel and Corelli, the thrilling Concerto Grosso No.3 in D minor, arranged by the English Baroque composer Charles Avison (1709 – 1770) from 12 sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 12 in A major, K 414.

Richard Egarr will deliver his perspectives on the programme in talks 45 minutes before the concert.

Read the review of the Canberra performance:


Tickets: from $40 to $109; (additional fees may apply). Concession and Under 30 discounts are available.

Book at  or call (02) 8256 2222 or book in person at City Recital Hall Angel Place.




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