Following a successful UK tour in 2015, Scottish Ensemble is bringing Goldberg Variations: ternary patterns for insomnia, a collaboration with Swedish dance ensemble Andersson Dance, to audiences across Scotland (Glasgow 3rd and 4th March, Inverness 6th March, Dundee 7th March). The reworking of J S Bach’s masterpiece has delighted audiences around the world, from Shanghai Concert Hall to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
The Goldberg Variations, first published in 1741 as an aria and set of 30 variations for harpsichord, are among the best known classical pieces ever written. This 21st century interpretation features eleven musicians and five dancers performing as one company in what has been called ‘a dynamic, mesmerising intertwining of bodies’. It has become a central piece in the Scottish Ensemble repertoire, exemplifying its approach to modernising and re-contextualising classical music.