Goldberg Variations (2018)

Bach

Camerata RCO

Thoughts on Bach Goldberg Variations by Dmitry Sitkovetsky

For me Bach has always been very much the life force of music. He knew something that others didn’t know about the secrets of composition. A lot of it is inspiration but it is also a fantastic technique and perseverance. It’s enlightened. I’ve recorded the solo sonatas and partitas twice, in 1984 and once in 1997, and I hope to be able to record them again before I retire. I’ve spent my most wonderful hours with Bach, not only as a player but also as an arranger, transcribing the Goldberg Variations.

‘I was so taken by the last recording Glenn Gould made of it: for me, that was something so different from everything I knew about Bach that I became almost obsessed with the piece. I wanted very much to be part of it. I thought a string trio would be a suitable combination and I started it as a pleasurable exercise for myself. I spent two months between tours and concerts arranging it, probably the most joyous two months I’ve ever spent with Bach. But now it’s taken on a life of its own: it’s become almost standard repertoire for string trios, and even a ballet was staged to it. I remember holding the score in my hand back in 1985, “Goldberg Variations for String Trio” published by Doblinger and the recording of it on Orfeo - it was something I’d done as a hobby and all of a sudden there it was! 

That’s the wonderful thing about transcriptions: once you have finished it, your work is done. Being a performer, every concert is like a rehearsal for the next concert and it’s always a learning process. It gave me a serious impetus to do some more, and since I formed my chamber orchestra, I’ve done something around 50 transcriptions. I love transcribing; that’s really my hobby.’

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Camerata RCO

Camerata RCO is a unique ensemble. We are all members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and we enjoy playing in the orchestra tremendously. However, we like to expand this joy by playing together in a small ensemble as well.

Not only is the repertoire of a small ensemble different, we also feel that chamber music is more personal and intimate. It is refreshing to get to know our colleagues in the orchestra better while working together in Camerata RCO. We are completely free to choose the repertoire we play, where we play it and with whom. With Camerata RCO we like to be in close contact with our audience. 

Camerata RCO plays many concerts in the Netherlands and abroad. The ensemble has residencies in Spaarndam and Dordrecht, as well as Festival Amfiteatrif in Levanto, Italy. They have performed in cities such as New York, Minsk, Tokyo, Seoul, Vienna, Rome, Madrid and Honolulu. The energy that results from these concerts is what inspires most.

photo: from artist's website

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Goldberg Variations (2018)

Bach

Camerata RCO

Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Producer: Hubert Koekenberg
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording location: Singel Church, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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VARIATIO III Canone all Unisono
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