February 7th 2016
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Goldberg Project

In July 2016, Reiko will be embarking on her Goldberg Project. Over the next year, Reiko Fujisawa takes on JS Bach’s magnificent ‘Goldberg Variations’ BWV 988, and will perform this work across the country, in a variety of performance venues. Upheld as one of the greatest examples of variation form, the ...
February 3rd 2016
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Gould and Bach: ‘neither end nor beginning’

In an earlier post, I wrote about Glenn Gould’s recording of the Goldberg Variations (released in 1956). Here is an excerpt of Gould’s own liner notes for his recording. It makes very complicated reading! But nonetheless interesting, and I particularly like the ending: “...It is, in short, music which observes neither ...
February 3rd 2016
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‘Don’t panic!’ Jeremy Denk and the Goldbergs

The wonderful American pianist Jeremy Denk paired up with NPR for their exploration of the Goldberg Variations in 2012. Some of the thoughts are very enlightening! Here is a little extract about his article on Variation 17:   Yes: With all the talk of transcendence, sometimes one forgets the Goldbergs  are a ...
February 3rd 2016
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Lunchtime recital at Brentwood Cathedral – Wednesday 4 May 2016

WEDNESDAY 4 MAY 1:00PM at Brentwood Cathedral I am excited to perform at Brentwood Cathedral, a lovely programme of Beethoven and Schubert. Beethoven Piano Sonata in D minor, op. 31 no. 2 ‘The Tempest’ Schubert Impromptus D.809 op.90 No. 2 in E-flat, Allegro No. 4 in A-flat, Allegretto No tickets required. Brentwood Cathedral, Ingrave Rd, Brentwood CM15 8AT
February 3rd 2016
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Anna Magdalena Bach and her notebook

The more and more I get to know Bach’s Variations, I am astounded by their beauty and craft. As my Goldberg Project gets closer and closer, it is as if the score is revealing itself to me. Here is a page from Anna Magdalena Bach’s second Notebook. The music is almost ...

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