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Víkingur Ólafsson performsBach’s Goldberg Variations

18 March 2024

In the Concert Hall

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Classical Music

In his first Australian appearances, Víkingur Ólafsson performs Bach's complete Goldberg Variations at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

A stunning musical journey

‘Bach at the keyboard has rarely sounded so fresh, expressive and joyous.’Sunday Times

Bach's Goldberg Variations are gorgeously enigmatic musical gems, and Ólafsson makes them sparkle. No matter how many times you turn this work over, how many times you hold it up to the light, there's always more to discover.

A gentle theme opens the work, followed by thirty short variations, each overflowing with experimentation and daring. A universe of musical possibility. The finale is marked by a return to the beginning. After a journey of transformations, textures and harmonies, we are the ones who have arrived alongside the artist. It's a breathtaking conclusion to a remarkable experience with a pianist of supreme musical intelligence and style.

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra


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