Documentary Film: The Goldberg Variations – Glen Gould plays Bach @ Music for Galway MidWinter Festival 2021 – Goldberg

Documentary Film: The Goldberg Variations – Glen Gould plays Bach @ Music for Galway MidWinter Festival 2021 – Goldberg

Sunday, 24 January 2021, 8.00pm

Music for Galway is delighted to present its Midwinter Festival GOLDBERG which will be streamed live from the historic St. Nicholas Collegiate Church Galway.

For their 2021 Midwinter Festival, Music for Galway’s Artistic Director Finghin Collins has chosen to focus on a single work, Bach’s masterful Goldberg Variations, inviting world class musicians to perform it over the festival weekend.

The Midwinter Festival GOLDBERG opens on Friday with a performance of Bach’s original Goldberg Variations by Malcolm Proud, Ireland’s pre-eminent harpsichordist. 

On Saturday, pianist Xenia Pestova Bennett performs Gold.Berg.Werk with her husband, well-known music artist and composer Ed Bennett, on electronics.

Dmitry Sitkovetsky‘s iconic string trio arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, created in the 1980s, is Music for Galway’s second choice of a more recent treatment of the work.

Each festival performance will be preceded by a short introductory talk from one of the performers.

It is fitting that Glenn Gould’s hugely significant 1955 film recording The Goldberg Variations – Glenn Gould Plays Bach is the fourth and closing event in Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival GOLDBERG.

The film by Bruno Monsaingeon was shot in New York in April and May 1981 and brings us up close and personal with this exceptionally talented artist.

Tickets Concerts: €12 Film: €8 Festival Ticket: €40
Available here.

Full Programme

Friday 22 January @ 8pm
Bach: Goldberg Variations
Malcolm Proud

Tickets €12

Saturday 23 January @ 8pm
Karlheinz Essl: Deconstructing Bach
Xenia Pestova Bennett piano  |  Ed Bennett electronics
BACH Goldberg Variations: Gold.Berg.Werk
Tickets €12

Sunday 24 January @3pm
Bach: Goldberg Variations – arrangement by Dmitry Sitkovetsky
Natalie Clein cello | Maia Cabeza violin | Sergey Malov viola
Tickets €12 

Sunday 24 January @ 8pm
Documentary Film: The Goldberg Variations – Glen Gould plays Bach
A Film by Bruno Monsaingeon
Glenn Gould piano
Goldberg Variations, BW 988
Introduction: Glenn Gould in conversation with Bruno Monsaingeon
Tickets €8

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