Wed | 12 August 2020 | 7:30 BST

GOLDBERG VARIATIONS II

with Rachel Fryer

Artists presenting these concerts have adhered to strict and rigorous social distancing guidelines and safety measures.

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PROGRAMME

Rachel Fryer has performed Bach’s Goldberg Variations many times over the years, and this has led her to Variations Down the Line, an exciting new project presenting Bach’s Variations interwoven with five 21st century responses, co-commissioned by JAM for this year’s festival.

In this second concert, Rachel will perform the second half of Bach’s Goldberg Variations (nos. 16-30) with world premieres of three sets of three variations composed by Nicola LefanuMichael Finnissy and Alison Kay.

Variations Down the Line II

JS Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Variation 16: Ouverture
Variation 17
Variation 18: Canone alla sexta

Nicola Lefanu: Variations Down the Line Nos. 7-9 (world premiere)
Three piano miniatures after Bach’s Goldberg Variations for Rachel Fryer
1. Prelude
2. Toccata
3. Canon at the Seventh (two-part invention)

JS Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Variation 19
Variation 20
Variation 21: Canone alla settima

Michael Finnissy: Variations Down the Line Nos. 10-12 (world premiere)
‘Extra Goldbergs’ based on J.S.Bach Nos.19-21
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3

JS Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Variation 22
Variation 23
Variation 24: Canone all’ottava

Alison Kay: Variations Down the Line Nos. 13 (world premiere)
1. Prayer (based on JS Bach Aria)
JS Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Variation 25

Alison Kay: Variations Down the Line Nos. 14 (world premiere)
2: Toccata (based on JS Bach No 25)
JS Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Variation 26

Alison Kay: Variations Down the Line Nos. 15 (world premiere)
3. Ghost canon (based on JS Bach No 27)
JS Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Variation 27: Canone alla nona

JS Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Variation 28
Variation 29
Variation 30: Quodlibet
Aria da capo

Variations Down the Line - Interview with Composers

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