On-Demand Video: Bach's Goldberg Variations with Simone Dinnerstein

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Simone Dinnerstein plays Bach's 'Goldberg Variations' in the Greene Space. Simone Dinnerstein plays Bach's 'Goldberg Variations' in the Greene Space. (Brian Wise/WQXR)

Bach's Goldberg Variations are among his most beloved works in the classical canon, and pianist Simone Dinnerstein has put her own distinctive spin on them. 

For this special free lunchtime concert from The Greene Space, Dinnerstein performed the complete Goldbergs for the first time in New York since 2009.

The archived video webcast is below.

 

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Comments [4]

Styra Avins from New York City

To clarify the crossing hands mentioned by one of the commentators, Bach didn't have quite that in mind when he wrote the piece. The crossing of hands in this performance comes about because the work is being played on a piano, with its single keyboard, while the Variations were written for a two-manual keyboard, that is, a harpsichord that had two keyboards, built in two steps one above the other like a big organ. Playing it on the piano adds a particular difficulty. Ms. Dinnerstein navigates her way very skilfully! Still, even on two manuals, the player would have had to cross hands, but at least each hand would have been on a separate level and not in the way of the other one.
Where Bach really is having fun is in the next to last variation, the Quodlibet, where he combines 5 different popular songs of the day and yet still maintains the bass line that is the heart of the Variations.

Apr. 02 2013 09:32 PM
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she needs to stop cryin wtf

Mar. 28 2013 10:53 PM
Sandy McIntosh from Oceanside, NY

A fluid performance demanding concentration from pianist and audience. An added benefit was watching the pianist's hands. Bach's intricate cross-overs demonstrated something I'd never seen before in this piece: his playfulness, his joyful sense of humor.

Mar. 28 2013 05:07 PM
D Tremper from Maplewood, NJ

Glorious! Moving. Transfixed. Thanks for live video of this very special performance of Goldberg Variations. Congrats to all who were able to get a seat in the Greene Space itself. We need to hear your newest Bach story.

Mar. 28 2013 01:45 PM

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