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THE HERALD - Goldberg Variations - Kate Molleson - 11.11.15

11 musicians from Scottish Ensemble and 5 dancers from Andersson Dance have arrived at Glasgow’s prestigious contemporary art and performance venue, Tramway, for rehearsals ahead of the first UK performances on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November.

The collaboration is led by Scottish Ensemble Artistic Director Jonathan Morton and Andersson Dance Artistic Director Örjan Andersson, who came together with the desire to create a new, 21st-century interpretation of one of the most well-known and iconic pieces in the classical canon, J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Originally written for keyboard, or ‘clavier’, the piece has been transcribed, re-interpreted and re-arranged over the 300 years since its publication, with one notable addition being Sitkovetsky’s arrangement for string orchestra and trio. This is the version which will be played by the 11 Scottish Ensemble musicians in this performance, fascinating in its own right as a piece which plays sensitively to the capabilities and timbres of string instruments.

The project has ignited the interest of the Scottish and UK press – see the links below to browse what’s been said so far.

The 7 date tour stops at Glasgow (13 & 14 Nov), Dundee (15 Nov), Inverness (17 Nov), Aberdeen (19 Nov) and Newcastle (20 and 21 Nov). Click on individual cities for more information and to buy tickets.