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concert Zhu Xiao-Mei plays Bach's Goldberg Variations Leipzig Bach Festival 2014

Leipzig Bach Festival 2014

Zhu Xiao-Mei plays Bach's Goldberg Variations Leipzig Bach Festival 2014

About

The great pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei performs in concert very sporadically, devoting much of her time to long periods of preparation for each of the challenging musical masterpieces, which she calls “mountains of the soul”. She offers her interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in the celebrated Leipzig church where the baroque composer spent much of his career: the St. Thomaskirche. Legend has it that the work was commissioned by the Count von Keyserling to treat his insomnia, with his harpsichordist Johann Gottlieb Goldberg as its performer. While the story is likely a myth, the musical monument presents keyboardists with some of the greatest technical challenges of the Western classical music repertoire: challenges to which Zhu Xiao-Mei is more than equal!

Cast

  • Zhu Xiao-Mei | Pianist

Program

  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
    • Aria
    • Variation 1
    • Variation 2
    • Variation 3 – Canone all'unisuono
    • Variation 4
    • Variation 5
    • Variation 6 – Canone alla seconda
    • Variation 7 – Al tempo di giga
    • Variation 8
    • Variation 9 – Canone alla terza
    • Variation 10 – Fughetta
    • Variation 11
    • Variation 12 – Canone alla quarta
    • Variation 13
    • Variation 14
    • Variation 15 – Canone alla quinta : Andante
    • Variation 16 – Overture
    • Variation 17
    • Variation 18 – Canone alla sesta
    • Variation 19
    • Variation 20
    • Variation 21 – Canone alla settima
    • Variation 22 – Alla breve
    • Variation 23
    • Variation 24 – Canone all'ottava
    • Variation 25 – Adagio
    • Variation 26
    • Variation 27 – Canone alla none
    • Variation 28
    • Variation 29
    • Variation 30 – Quodilbet
    • Aria da capo

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Paul Smaczny
  • Venue: St. Thomas Church (Leipzig, Germany)
  • Production date: 2014
  • Duration: 43 min
  • Production: © Accentus Music
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