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Sir Andras Schiff, piano

J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

Legend has it that Bach’s Goldberg’s Variations were commissioned by a certain Count Kaiserling to be performed by his young protégé Johann Gottlieb Goldberg. The Count suffered from insomnia, and wanted some cheerful, soothing music to see him through his sleep-deprived hours. The monumental set of variations is one of the cornerstones of keyboard literature. Said one critic on hearing it played by András Schiff: “He doesn’t so much perform it as breathe it.”