Goldberg Variations - Australian Chamber Orchestra

Goldberg Variations

2 - 16 August 2018


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
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 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. 

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

This performance is currently only available as part of our 2018 Subscription Season. If you would like to purchase outside of a subscription you will have to wait until 'Choose Your Own' Flexi-Packs become available on 26 October, or single tickets become available on 2 November.