BACH’s “GOLDBERG” VARIATIONS FOR PIANO SOLO
Bach was said to have disliked the theme and variations form, and yet he is the composer of one of the greatest and most famous compositions in the form ever written. The set of 30 short variations begins with a simple, divine melody and progresses to fantastically exciting variations of pianistic virtuosity and complexity. A performance of the work takes a little more than an hour without pause, and emerses the listener in a world of precision and beauty.
Eldred Marshall, a Dallas based pianist who is a specialist in interpreting the music of Bach, will be presenting this same program on a tour throughout China in the spring of 2017.
The Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA) hailed his “dazzling technique” and his “clean, tidy approach.” Music critic Laurence Vittes described him as an “illumination in music,” and said of his all-Beethoven recital: “Marshall presented a recital so full of musical thrills and beauties, and so in identification with the composer’s own persona, that, for a few hours, it was as if he were communing across the centuries to conjure up a rare and magical musical spectrum.” The Telegraf Online Constanta (Romania) reported that Marshall “captivated the audience” in Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 20, which he conducted from the piano.