Many of Bach’s works are incomprehensible and inimitable examples of composerly virtuosity. One of these works is the Goldberg Variations. The variation is one of the freest genres in the history of music, capable of creating a multitude of characters and emotions taking a simple musical idea as their point of departure. Bach’s work is no different, but constructed with an incredibly consistent logic, coupled with the composer’s bravura of polyphony.

What makes this performance really special is that a transcription for two pianos by two German composers, Josef Rheinberger and Max Reger will be performed, which is worthy of the original work in every respect, both because of the freedom of variation and because every note that is played – and was not written by Bach – would surely have been to the delight and satisfaction of Bach, too.

In the first half of the concert, Gábor Hollerung will offer an analysis of the piece in Hungarian. After the interval, the complete work will be performed without interruption.


Dóra Bizják and Károly Zentai – piano

Presented and conducted by: Gábor Hollerung


Bach-Reger-Rheinberger: Goldberg Variations

2023-01-15 - 11:00
Liszt Academy - Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 8, 1061
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