Goldberg Variations - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Goldberg Variations

2 - 16 August 2018


STRAVINSKY Three Pieces for String Quartet
THOMAS ADÈS (arr. strings) Nightfalls from The Four Quarters
BACH (arr. Richard Tognetti) Canons on a Goldberg Ground
BACH (arr. Bernard Labadie) Goldberg Variations
Australian Premiere


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Erin Helyard Keyboards

You may be surprised to learn that ‘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 his friend, a former Russian ambassador to Saxony, 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 we present to you the Australian premiere of Canadian 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. 

This is a Bach celebration that brings together the old and the new – in an utterly unique and illuminating way.


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The Australian

Disentangling keyboard textures into lucid lines, distributing material in an intensely democratic manner across the ensemble and proposing conclusions for partial threads, Labadie’s creation is credible, expressive and refined, and provides a fine vehicle for the ACO, as virtuosic flourishes and dialogues flit across sections.

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