In 1741, Johann Sebastian Bach published what would become not only one of his masterpieces, but one of the most important works of his time and a reference in the History of Music. On the 275th anniversary of its publication, the Goldberg Variations BWV 988 return to the scenes by the hand of Katarzyna Myćka and Conrado Moya in a unique marimba duo version.
The aria and 30 variations that make up this work -more than 70 minutes of uninterrupted music- represent a huge technical and musical challenge. A challenge that the soloists Katarzyna Myćka and Conrado Moya bring to their instrument in a marimba duo format and in its full extension -an unprecedented version-. Both performers decided to face this project with absolute rigour, respecting the essence of the original score without any arrangement.
More than year and a half of work
Katarzyna Myćka and Conrado Moya have been developing the Goldberg Variations steadily over the past year and a half, growing and maturing the project directly on stage.
The concert in October 2014 in Stuttgart, where only the aria was performed, marked the starting point of the project. Since then, the Goldberg Variations have been performed on stage in several phases throughout 2015 and 2016, like in April 2015 in Llíria (first 5 variations), on New Year’s Eve in Stuttgart (11 variations) and in March 2016 in Bamberg (20 variations).
Premieres in Germany and Spain
Finally, after more than a year and a half of work, the complete Goldberg Variations (aria and 30 variations) will be presented in two unique concerts. By decision of the artists, these premiere concerts will be performed in their respective places of residence: Stuttgart (Germany) and Alicante (Spain).
The first premiere concert will take place this April 10, 2016 in St. Antonius Kirche in Stuttgart, the same hall where the aria was heard for the very first time and where the project began. This first event will also be a charity concert: all income will go to the Scholarship Project in Kenya of St. Antonius-Gemeinde and Materialtheatre Ensemble Stuttgart.
The premiere in Spain will be on May 14, 2016 in one of the most emblematic concert halls in Alicante, the ADDA (Auditorium of Alicante). Tickets are now available online through Instanticket or at the ticket office one hour before the concert.
We leave a video below recorded during the rehearsal of the Goldberg Variations (5, 4 and 8) at the New Palace of Stuttgart: