Proms: Andras Schiff Performs Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Andras Schiff, Pianist Andras Schiff, Pianist (Dieter Mayr)

Saturday at 9 pm, tune in to hear pianist Andras Schiff take on the tremendous Goldberg Variations at the BBC Proms as part of a series of late-night solo Bach recitals.

The Grammy Award-winning musician known for his signature blend of clarity and authority over a wide of range of repertoire performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations in a concert recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in London on August 22. This compositional marvel is composed of 30 musical miniatures inside identical opening and closing arias.

The 1741 composition is unlike anything in Bach’s musical output. Named after the first performer of the piece, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, the work was originally written for harpsichord, but is now more commonly performed on the piano.


Sir Andras Schiff

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (All variations in G major apart from 15, 21, and 25 in G minor)

Comments [3]

Ellen L from West Chester, PA

Just had to write to say I was wrong. The station was on when visitors arrived, who were interested, so I listened to the Goldberg Variations in spite of my intention not to. I was mesmerized! Maybe enchanted is a better way of putting it. Simply an incredible experience. Kudos to Sir Andras Schiff, and kudos to that huge Proms audience who were incredibly quiet for over an hour of solo piano.

Aug. 30 2015 08:58 AM
Carole Bahou from NYC

I will not be home on Saturday 8/29/15. Is there any way I can replay it
on the web, after the broadcast? Please advise. Thank you...

Aug. 28 2015 03:39 PM
Ellen L from West Chester, PA

Much as I admire the pianism of Andras Schiff, I do wish we could have heard the Goldberg Variations as Bach intended, on the harpsichord. I will not be listening.

Aug. 28 2015 09:48 AM

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