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30 Bach: The Goldberg Variations Podcast

Mar 26, 2021

Who said Bach's music was the last word?

Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones

Mar 19, 2021

Variations 13, 14, and 15. Bach's faith was central to his music-making. This episode explores the spirituality of Bach's music with Angela Hewitt, internationally-renowned interpreter of Bach, who has performed all of Bach’s keyboard works across the world.

Interviews recorded April 30, 2019 and February 28,...

Mar 12, 2021

Variations 10, 11, 12. It's impossible to tell the story of the Goldberg Variations without mentioning Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. Gould's two recordings of the variations, one in 1955, the other in 1981, forever changed the place of the Goldbergs in our culture. In this episode, we explore Gould's legacy -- and the...

Mar 5, 2021

While the Goldbergs are most often heard today on the piano, the piece was written for the double-manual harpsichord. There are advantages to playing the piece on harpsichord, and tricks a harpsichordist can pull to create unusual effects. The instrument offers surprising flexibility to conjure all sorts of textures...