|Saturday 13 May, 8.00pm NB Start time
St. John’s, Smith Square
|Goldberg Variations, BWV988
A work of amazing contrapuntal invention and large-scale layout,
Bach’s Aria with 30 Variations, the so-called ‘Goldberg Variations’,
appeared in 1 7412 as the last part of his Clavier-Übung collection
of keyboard music. Contrasts of virtuosity and intimacy and sparkling
contrapuntal wit unfold from the opening presentation of the aria and
ground bass to form a remarkable tour de force.
Russian-born pianist Andrei Gavrilov has pursued a distinguished
career since taking first prize in the 1974 International Tchaikovsky
Competition. He has performed with the world’s greatest conductors
and orchestras, won many prestigious awards for his records and is
particularly noted for his interpretations of the works of Bach.
‘…(Gavrilov) presented a remarkably rational interpretation of the
Goldberg Variations ... His Bach interpretation convinces through
its clarity and the flexible lightness of his performance with the
highest precision.’ Frankfurter Rundschau
‘Gavrilov plays with a well-balanced mixture of spontaneity and lyric intensity.’ Munchner Merkur
There will be no interval during this concert.
Tickets £19, £17, £13, £10