Midwinter Festival GOLDBERG
MUSIC FOR GALWAY MIDWINTER FESTIVAL GOLDBERG
22 – 24 January 2021
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 22 January with a performance of Bach’s original Goldberg Variations by Malcolm Proud, Ireland’s pre-eminent harpsichordist. Described by The Irish Times as “something of a musical visionary”, Malcolm Proud has lived and worked with Bach’s Goldberg Variations for many decades, and is critically acclaimed for his interpretation of this monumental work.
Pianist Xenia Pestova Bennett performs Gold.Berg.Werk with her husband, well-known music artist and composer Ed Bennett, on electronics. In writing Gold.Berg.Werk, Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl created an altogether modern 21st century response to Bach’s work by adding electronics between the variations and altering the order of some of them. He collaborated closely with Xenia Pestova Bennett on this new version for piano and live 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. It is performed by three superb musicians: exceptionally talented violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky (a nephew of Dmitry Sitkovetsky); the versatile Russian born virtuoso Sergey Malov on viola, and Natalie Clein, the ‘mesmerising’ and ‘soaringly passionate’ British cellist, as described by The Times London.
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, The Goldberg Variations – Glenn Gould Plays Bach 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
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