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Goldberg Variations

Monday 11 Jun 2018 9:30pm

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

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Melinda Maxwell oboe d’amore
Clio Gould violin
Jane Atkins viola
Kate Gould cello

Simon Holt Llanto (para las chumberas) Lament [for the prickly pears] 7′ (Aldeburgh Festival commission, world premiere)
Bach arr. Sitkovetsky Goldberg Variations 65′

(ends approx. 10.50pm, no interval)

A new chamber work for a wind instrument of the baroque proceeds and one of the pivotal works of that – or any – musical era. The art of transcription can change our perceptions, uncover myriad new details – and reinforce the music’s greatness.

Violinist Dimitry Sitkovetsky’s evergreen arrangement of Bach’s iconic keyboard variations allows us to look at a familiar work from a new angle. Simon Holt’s new quartet is an agitated little elegy that draws on the keening sound of the oboe d’amore so often utilised by Bach in his sacred music.


Illustration: Lucinda Rogers