Hear Aldeburgh Festival featured musician pianist Pavel Kolesnikov perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

The Goldberg Variations have long been regarded as one of the most ambitious works for keyboard, displaying Bach’s exceptional knowledge of the many different styles of music of his day. Pavel Kolesnikov’s performance is not to be missed.

“Like climbing an infinite stairway, one step at a time” is how Kolesnikov has described working on the Goldberg Variations. He has released them on an outstanding, five-star reviewed recording, and performed them in an empty Wigmore Hall; with dancer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker at the Châtelet in Paris; and at the BBC Proms.

“And now,” says the pianist, ”when I’m performing the piece on my own, it grows independently and I arrive at ideas... it’s developing in different directions, growing like a tree, and I like this feeling very much.”

Pavel Kolesnikov

Goldberg Variations, BWV988 (75’)
A poet of the piano


Kolesnikov’s approach here is magisterial, nearing the sublime... there are countless great accounts of this music on harpsichord and piano, but this is required hearing

The Sunday Times on Kolesnikov's recording of the Goldberg Variations

Pavel Kolesnikov selected Yamaha CFX concert grand pianos for today’s concert. With thanks to Yamaha Music for its generous support.