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The Goldberg Variations | The Goldberg Celebration


Three days celebrating the glorious Goldberg Variations. Two startling versions of the work – the original performed on piano by the world’s leading exponent of Bach’s keyboard music, and a audio-visual feast from a top Swedish dance company alongside one of classical music’s most exciting string ensembles.

In addition, there will be talks, masterclasses and workshops themed around this seminal work – check aberdeenperformingarts.com for more information.

Ticket deal – buy for Angela Hewitt’s recital on 21 Nov, and the Scottish Ensemble / Andersson Dance performance on 19 Nov for £22 inc bf


Scottish Ensemble &
Andersson Dance

Music Hall | Thursday 19 November, 8pm

Ternary patterns for insomnia with Andersson Dance | J.S.Bach: Goldberg Variations [arr.Sitkovetsky]

It started life as a study for harpsichord; a simple aria, and a set of 30 variations. Today, it’s not only one of the most well-known of Bach’s works – it’s one of the most interpreted. From theories that its structure deliberately mirrors the ascent of the nine spheres of Ptolemaic cosmology, to the claim that the whole thing is a cleverly coded rebuke to a critic who had snubbed the composer, there is clearly something about this sprawling, complex piece which invites interpretation.

Now, in 2015, Jonathan Morton and Örjan Andersson have come together to create their own. With 12 musicians and 5 dancers moving together as equal partners, the audience is given the singular experience of musician and dancer performing as one, casting a 21st-century light on the notes and the spaces between them. Should we simply listen to the music, or can we move?

Angela Hewitt:
Bach Masterworks

Music Hall | Saturday 21 November, 7.30pm

“It was a positive sensation. The Canadian pianist is one of the reliably mesmerising musicians of the day!” The Sunday Times

Canadian pianist, Angela Hewitt OC OBE, has become one of the foremost pianists of her age and regularly performs in recital and with orchestras across the globe. Following a ten year project to record all of the major keyboard works of J.S. Bach, she is now heralded as today’s leading exponent of that composer’s work, and has won a huge following.

The catalogue was described by The Sunday Times as “one of the recorded glories of our age”, and she now brings two of its highlights to the stunning acoustic of the Music Hall. The Goldberg Variations and The Art of Fugue are two of the most significant works of one of the most important and influential composers of all time.

“What a pianist. What a performance. What an experience” The Herald