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Craig Ogden

 Craig Ogden    Guitar
 David Juritz   Violin
 Tim Hugh   Cello
   
 J S Bach (arr. David Juritz)     Goldberg Variations 


Short first half – solo classical guitar (20 mins)
Second half – Bach (arr. David Juritz): The Goldberg Variations (65 mins)

Violinist David Juritz transcribed Bach's masterpiece for Craig Ogden, widely acknowledged as one of the leading guitarists of his generation. They will be joined by the internationally renowned cellist, Tim Hugh, winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition and former principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra. 

Bach's variations, published in 1741, take their name from the harpsichordist, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who was their first performer. Bach presented a copy of the variations to Goldberg’s employer, an insomniac nobleman, who instructed the musician to play them while he tried to get to sleep. ‘Music historians haven’t told us whether they were an effective sedative or not but it’s hard to imagine that anyone, after listening to a work of such exquisite beauty, wouldn’t be even wider awake by the end.’ says Juritz.

Bach wrote the variations for a harpsichord with two keyboards although they are now more often performed on the piano where they present formidable technical challenges with hands crossing and fingers colliding on the modern instrument’s single keyboard. Even though a long tradition exists of arranging and re-orchestrating Bach's music, Juritz, approached his own transcription with some trepidation; 'Reproducing Bach’s extraordinary counterpoint places makes for some pretty uncompromising demands on the performers, although the varied tonal colours of the three instruments allow the musical lines to emerge with real clarity. '

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“… a surprising and beautifully executed rendition of the work by violinist David Juritz…detailed and gracious, but also sweeping and noble, and full of “air” and warmth.”  
ENDNOTES, Oct 2019

Photo credit: 2nd pic - Evan Dawson

 

 

 

 

 

 

CARDIFF CLASSICAL SERIES EXTRAS

PRE-CONCERT TALK (FREE)
6:30pm - 7pm | Lefel 1  
Dr Keith Chapin

One hour before each of our concerts we have a 30-minute insight into the music and the context to the performance. These popular events are accessible and informative and a great way to get more from your concert experience.  

The talks are free to attend, but spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.  Doors to Lefel 1 will be open from around 6pm.

 

Interviews/Discussion:
Canons, Cabbages & the Goldberg Variations - David Juritz interviewed by Sandy Burnett

Bach plays with Canons – David Juritz

 
 Standard Price £20.00 all areas
 Children Under 16 (Tickets offered subject to availability) FREE with every full price paying adult.  Additional child's ticket - £5.00 each
 Friends of St David's Hall | Claimants

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£18.00
 Students | Over 26
(Student ID must be produced on collection of tickets. 
£5.00
 Seniors: Over 65
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10% off
 Disabled people plus one companion
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Half Price
 People in wheelchair plus one companion Stalls @ £10.00 each

Plus an optional £1.50 postage charge for tickets to be posted.
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NB. This concert is not part of the Cardiff Classical Series subscriptions.

 
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