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 ...

530,000 notes!

As my final concerts of 2016 are approaching, I can look back over an amazing few months. My Goldberg Project has been so wonderful. With seven performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations across the country, I have performed in such incredible venues and met so many wonderful people. That’s over 530,000 ...

Goldbergs in Derby (again!)

Absolutely loved my concert of Bach's Goldberg Variations at Derby High School. It was lovely to return to the city in beautiful autumn since my last visit at the start of summer. And indeed, it was great to see some familiar faces in the audience! Here I am after the ...

Goldbergs in Cambridge

I had a wonderful time in Cambridge performing Bach's Goldberg Variations. It was so lovely to see Cambridge at Autumn time - incredibly beautiful pink sky! Jesus Chapel too was stunning, and I'm glad so many people turned up to listen to Bach! Brilliant to see lots of students attending ...

Goldbergs in Crawley

I had such a fantastic time time performing Bach's Goldberg Variations in the intimate Hawth theatre in Crawley, West Sussex. Here I am with an appreciative concertgoer after the performance! Tweet from @John_Shanley49: 'Thanks for an amazing concert tonight. Absolutely incredible!!' Always lovely to receive comments like this. Next stop ...

Review of my Goldbergs by Derby Telegraph

Here are some snippets from a Derby Telegraph review of my performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. It was so lovely to revisit the splendid Cathedral. I’m glad so many people turned up for the performance, and enjoyed it so thoroughly! ‘...an engaging dance feel, right from the opening Aria, invested with ...

Bach and Derby

As my concert at Derby Cathedral approaches, I have been thinking more and more about how Bach is important to the area. It is quite well known that Handel was a regular visitor to Derbyshire, particularly to the River Dove area. In fact, he is thought to have written his Messiah ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

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 ...

Glenn Gould and the Variations

Here is a photo of Glenn Gould in February 1946, exactly 70 years ago! He is pictured with Mozart his parakeet, and his dog called Sir Nickolson of Garelocheed (or Nicky for short)! Of course, it was Glenn Gould's 1955 debut album of the Goldberg Variations that launched him to international acclaim. ...

Sleepless nights

Did you know that Bach supposedly composed the Goldberg Variations BWV 988 for Johann Gottlieb Goldberg? This was because Goldberg’s employer Count Kaiserling could never sleep when he visited Leipzig. To soothe his employer’s insomnia, Goldberg often had to play clavier pieces for him, to lift his spirits on these ...

October 1st 2017
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2017/18 Concert Season preview

Reiko is delighted to announce her exciting plans for the 2017/18 concert season, with a look ahead to her special project "Clara 2019". Press release available to download here Click on the image below or click here to view in full screen
July 14th 2017
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The Travelling Clara

‘The Travelling Clara’ A trilogy of concerts spaced out over 2019, reimagining concerts of the virtuoso Clara Schumann as she travelled across Europe, performing the most significant piano concertos of the nineteenth century. 1) Clara in Leipzig Robert Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor. Clara premiered her husband's only completed piano concerto 1 January ...
March 8th 2017
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Clara 2019

Clara Schumann, née Wieck 1819–1896 To celebrate the bicentenary of Clara Schumann in 2019, Reiko will be performing Clara's music throughout her programmes. One special recital we have planned is 'Clara Schumann: An inspirational life in words and music'. Combining the music of Clara and Robert Schumann, together with other works ...
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 7th 2016
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530,000 notes!

As my final concerts of 2016 are approaching, I can look back over an amazing few months. My Goldberg Project has been so wonderful. With seven performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations across the country, I have performed in such incredible venues and met so many wonderful people. That’s over 530,000 ...

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