After a rapturously received sold-out Celebrity Series debut in 2022, pianist Víkingur Ólafsson returns to Boston to perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Jordan Hall.
With this performance, Ólafsson returns to one of the composers that has defined his career to date, and puts his own stamp on an iconic work for the Baroque keyboard: Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
Drawing out the underlying structures and illuminating extraordinary moments, Ólafsson reflects and refracts well-known works to make us hear them in new ways. With its rigorous form and opportunities for flights of virtuosic expression, what will this suite become in the hands of one of Bach’s most innovative and thoughtful interpreters? Let’s find out together.
Program notes to come.
“...his performance of the Goldbergs exceeded my wildest expectations. ”Bachtrack
“ Bach at the keyboard has rarely sounded so fresh, expressive and joyous. ”Sunday Times (UK) Classical Album of the Week pick
“[Ólafsson’s] inspired playing makes Bach more human than we’ve heard in a long time”Suddeutsche Zeitung