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Wigmore Hall Mondays: Lars Vogt

From Wigmore Hall, London, Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces a solo recital in which pianist Lars Vogt performs Bach's celebrated Goldberg Variations, BWV988.

From Wigmore Hall, London, Lars Vogt performs Bach's extraordinary Goldberg Variations.

The story of the Goldberg Variations begins in Leipzig when Count Hermann Karl von Keyserlingk, the Russian ambassador to Saxony, brought the young composer and performer, Johann Gottleib Goldberg to Bach for music lessons. Keyserlingk mentioned that he suffered from insomnia and would like some keyboard pieces for Goldberg to play when he was unable to sleep, and so Bach apparently composed the Goldberg variations. Whether the story is true or not, Bach did create a masterpiece of thirty variations based on the opening aria.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Lars Vogt (piano).

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg Variations, BWV988

    Performer: Lars Vogt.