For the final concert in the series, we present Irish harpsichordist Malcolm Proud in a rare complete performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s keyboard masterpiece, The Goldberg Variations, first published in 1741. Allegedly composed as a balm to a nobleman’s insomnia, the variations represent a pinnacle of musical invention, creating both the most joyous and vivacious shapes and the most contemplative all from the same basic material.
“[Proud’s] steady vision allows him to communicate music with an unusual sense of inevitability”, wrote Michael Dervan in The Irish Times, “giving the impression that he has captured and can convey the essence of what he’s playing with unusual fixity”. Malcolm Proud’s focused, revelatory interpretation of this unparalleled masterpiece of classical music is sure to make for a highlight of the Dublin concert season.
Malcolm Proud won first prize at the Edinburgh International Harpsichord Competition in 1982. He has performed at all major Irish festivals and has toured Finland, Denmark, Holland, U.K., Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, U.S.A., Japan, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Belgium, Austria and Portugal. In 2016 he will give harpsichord recitals at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, at Fenton House, London playing the Queen’s 1612 Ruckers, at the Cobbe Collection of Historical Keyboard Instruments in Hatchlands and at Handel House, London.
He has recorded Bach’s 5th Brandenburg Concerto with both the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the English Baroque Soloists. His most recent recording – J.S. Bach’s Six Partitas for Harpsichord on the Maya Recordings Label – has been critically acclaimed. Malcolm Proud is supported by Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, funded by The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Music Network is funded by the Arts Council.
The Santa Rita Concerts provide a unique, deeply immersive audience experience. Each evening begins at 7pm with a Santa Rita wine reception and a pre-concert interview with the evening’s musicians. The performances take place at 8pm in the museum’s beautifully resonant downstairs gallery. The space is candlelit and the atmosphere highly intimate – a concentrated ritual shared by performer and audience.
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