J S Bach: The Goldberg Variations
J S Bach – The Goldberg Variations
The Goldberg Variations is perhaps the best-loved of all Bach’s keyboard masterpieces. Harpsichord virtuoso Robin Bigwood will introduce and perform this wonderful piece, giving some insights into what it is that makes it so universally popular.
Robin Bigwood Harpsichord
Robin Bigwood studied harpsichord with Robert Woolley, and later with Jill Severs and Maggie Cole. He won the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition whilst a student, and became a member of Passacaglia in 1996. Since then his career has combined solo and ensemble performance (on harpsichord and piano) with a strong personal interest in recording and music technology. He plays continuo with Passacaglia, Feinstein Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia, Florilegium and several other ensembles, and as a soloist has a particular interest in English Virginalist and French repertoire. With Carolyn Gibley (Brook Street Band) he is one half of the two-harpsichord duo Cembalo Doppio. He writes a monthly column in the recording industry magazine Sound on Sound, and is an experienced classical sound recordist and producer. As well as playing on this recording of Jacob recorder works he also engineered and edited it, an exciting and rewarding challenge.