Parfenov’s own New Goldberg Variations have already been performed as a ballet. The strength of this work is, appropriately, variation. The variety here speaks to Parfenov’s abilities as a composer who is clearly in touch with all idioms from 18th Century counterpoint to Chopin, Ravel, and Hindemith, and to the jazzy style of Dave Brubeck the piano improvisations of Keith Emerson.
André Parfenov, born in Kaliningrad in 1972, is in the line of composer-pianists that includes Lera Auerbach, among others. The Russian-born composer resettled in Germany, where he has been working at the Theater in Mönchengladbach/Krefeld, including a collaboration creating original ballet scores for the choreographies of Robert North. This new recording combines his performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations with his own New Goldberg Variations, a set of reactions to the famous Bach work.
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