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Work: Goldberg Variations, BWV988

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ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)
PeriodBaroque
Work typeInstrumental
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StockholmLang Lang plays the Goldberg Variations

Stockholms Konserthusstiftelse
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV988
Lang Lang, Piano

LondonPekka Kuusisto / Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Barbican
Tarrodi, Mazzoli, Bach, Muhly
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra; Pekka Kuusisto

HamburgBach: Goldberg Variations

Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV988
Stepan Simonian, Piano

ParisFestival des Heures – Tanguy de Williencourt, Variations Goldberg

Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV988
Tanguy de Williencourt, Piano

BerlinLang Lang plays the Goldberg Variations

Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV988
Lang Lang, Piano
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Tognetti releases the inner impulses of Bach

Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra © Mark Allan | Barbican
Richard Tognetti’s absorbing programme mixed Bach’s Goldberg Variations with Stravinsky and Adès, played impressively and with characteristic exuberance and finesse by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
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Reimagining the Goldbergs as an orchestral period piece

The Orchestra of St Luke's © Adam Stoltman

Bernard Labadie’s orchestration of the Goldberg Variations came to feel strikingly close to the Brandenburgs, which is to suggest a certain achievement on his part. The arrangement was altogether convincing as Bachmusik.

****1
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Perfectly secluded Goldbergs in the middle of Manhattan

Pierre Hantaï © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack

Within the quietude, Pierre Hantaï played beautifully, blues and reds slowly drifting across the waves of wood behind him. It was dramatic yet subtle, occupying the eyes while the mind floated with Bach's variations.

****1
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Manchester Collective's intimate Goldberg Variations

Cellist Bartholomew LaFollette, playing as part of the Manchester Collective © courtesy of Manchester Collective
Manchester Collective present Bach's Goldberg Variations in string trio format with utmost warmth and intimacy
****1
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Happy New Year from Aurora and friends

Nicholas Collon and Nico Muhly © Viktor Sugeng
An adventurous and unusual end to Kings Place's Time Unwrapped series and some striking collaborations with Aurora Orchestra.