Johann Sebastian Bach – Composer – Goldberg Variations BWV (Sitkovetsky version) – Music Sales Classical. The Russian-born violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky, who founded the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra in , has enthusiastically. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Goldberg Variations on Discogs.

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Like the Goldbergs, this is music that grabs the attention; every moment is admirable.


yoldberg As a master of transcribing his own music for different instrumental combinations, the arrangement of the Goldberg Variations by Dmitry Sitkovetsky for string trio is an idea that would surely have appealed to the composer.

The great Variation 25 has a throbbing pulse: Bach was perhaps never rewarded so well for one of his compositions. It is relatively unusual to find Bach being so precise in one of his keyboard works about the instrumentation: The elaborate hand-crossing and figuration of variation 14 are imaginatively re-conceived as a dialogue between the three string players.

This performance, marking the 25th anniversary of the festival, was broadcast worldwide on Medici.

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Sign Up for Our Newsletter: It was a hit! Generally, at that time, transcriptions were out of fashion and I recall that my own colleagues and managers were sceptical about such an audacious idea.

In variation 5, Sitkovetsky resists the temptation to write a third part, while the two-part texture dmotry variation 6 is cleverly redistributed between the three instruments—leaving it as a two-voice jig—as it is in variation Peter Williams has speculated that the player Bach most probably had in mind for the variations was his variatkons Wilhelm Friedemann, a brilliant performer who had worked as organist of the Sophienkirche in Dresden since Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

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But the work was also an extraordinary feat of large-scale composition: Friday, May 12, – Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

The Goldberg Variations stands as one of the greatest keyboard works ever written.

The site is also available in several languages. MusicWeb Record of the Year – One of the most beloved musical works ever written, arranged with such affection and skill that the result sounds in no way inferior to the original, and performed with authority and passion. Voici ce que relate Forkel dans sa biographie: A renaissance man and a magnetic creative force, Dmitry Sitkovetsky has made a considerable impact on every aspect of musical life and has been successful as a performer, creator and facilitator variattions over four decades.

The Art of Transcription – JS Bach arrangements for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky

Some changes in the orchestration have led to an injection of youthful energy throughout the piece. I cannot imagine more gripping accounts. Sitkovetksy Count was often ill and had sleepless nights.

The highly chromatic writing of variation 25 works well on string instruments, with the greater sustaining power of strings allowing dissonances to be relished to the full. With three instruments of broadly similar timbre, the contrapuntal and imitative lines come across with great transparency, especially in the canonic variations Nos 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24 and 27, or in the fughetta variation 10 and the closely argued counterpoint of variation 22, or, finally, in the sitkovetsoy imitation based on folk dmitfy of the Quodlibet that forms variation Inhe founded the New European Strings orchestra NESbringing together the most distinguished string players from the top European ensembles for special touring and recording projects, most recently at the Enescu Festival.


The Count remarked to Bach that he would like to have a few pieces for his musician Goldberg, pieces so gentle and somewhat merry in character that the Sitkovtsky could be cheered up by them during his sleepless nights.

Some ingenious reworking aims to produce an equivalent of the virtuosity required on the harpsichord: Driven by desire to share the fascination of music with the widest possible audience, Mr. This is good for some pieces, whose singing melodies now sound more natural.

Admittedly we have vwriations some distance from the original score, though I would imagine its length and content will fit more readily into a string trio concert programme, and despite a personal aversion to such wholesale changes, the result is attractive.

His original transcription of The Goldbergs was written ininspired by the famous Glen Gould recording. The music provides a rainbow of moods, and the performers colour these works differently, finding the right temperature for each.

Petersburg, featuring live music, street dance, physical theater, poetry, and animation. But who was Goldberg, and how does he fit into the story of these famous variations?

I hope listeners will share in my life-long journey through the Goldberg Variations and my love of the music, indeed in the very first publication of the Variations, inJ.

All the layers variatoins the counterpoint are heard crystal clear.