The Australian Chamber Orchestra presents Bach’s iconic keyboard work in a celebration that brings together the old and the new in an utterly unique and illuminating way. This is an Australian Premiere and a very special event in the ACO’s 2018 National Concert Season.
“The ACO are outstanding.” The Guardian UK, 2016
‘An Aria with Diverse Variations for the Harpsichord with Two Manuals, Composed for Music Lovers to Refresh their Spirits by Johann Sebastian Bach’ is now known simply as the Goldberg Variations. Legend has it that a student of Bach’s used to play the Variations to a friend who suffered from frequent bouts of insomnia. Despite its unwieldy title, there is no mistaking this body of work as one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.
Thomas Adès’ ‘Nightfalls’ will set the nocturnal scene before the ACO presents the Australian premiere of Canadian composer/conductor Bernard Labadie’s string arrangement of Bach’s iconic keyboard work. A transformation of the original – which many of you will recognise – it offers audiences something fresh and inventive.
The Australian Chamber Orchestra take you through the entire 300-year history of Bach’s iconic Goldberg Variations in just two minutes, from its inception to its reimagining for strings as part of ‘Goldberg Variations’. Watch here.
Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Erin Helyard Keyboards
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Bach (arr. Richard Tognetti) Canons on a Goldberg Ground
Stravinsky Three Pieces for String Quartet
Thomas Adès (arr. strings) Nightfalls from The Four Quarters
Bach (arr. Bernard Labadie) Goldberg Variations
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