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Release: Oct. 11, 2002
HARPSICHORDIST VINIKOUR WILL PERFORM GOLDBERG VARIATIONS OCT.
Jory Vinikour, an American harpsichordist based in Paris, will bring his
magisterial new account of J.S. Bachs Goldberg
Variations to the Lasansky Room of the University of Iowa Museum of Art at
1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
The performance, sponsored by the museum and the Iowa City Early Keyboard
Society, will be free and open to the public.
The Goldberg Variations -- originally titled Aria with
30 different variations -- was published in 1741. Bach presented a copy
of the Variations to the Russian Ambassador to Dresden, probably for the use
of the counts young resident harpsichord player, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg,
who had been Bachs student. A later legend has it that Goldberg played
the variations to entertain the count when he had insomnia, but there is no
authentic evidence to support this attractive story.
Although the Goldberg Variations is one of the best known and
most widely recorded pieces in the early keyboard repertoire, Vinikours
recent 2-CD release for Delos has attracted wide attention and considerable
critical acclaim. An extensive review in Early Music America hailed the recording
as a magisterial new account, which convincingly dispels the listeners
fears that this is just another version.
The review concludes, By turns ruminative, lyrical, brilliant and regal,
this new CD warrants the following recommendation : Even if you already own
several outstanding recordings of the Goldberg Variations, do
not fail to check out this one.
Jory Vinikour, an American harpsichordist based in Paris, makes his
debut on Delos International with an invigorating performance of the Goldberg
Variations, wrote the critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Vinikour
makes the journey through the varied variations with the spirit of an explorer
coming upon surprise after surprise. His artistry is vibrant, flexible, clear
and keenly attuned to the musical demands.
A native of Chicago, Vinikour studied piano in the United States, then traveled
to Paris on grants from the Fulbright and Beebe Foundations to study early
keyboard instruments. After winning first prizes at the International Harpsichord
Competition of Warsaw in 1993 and the International Harpsichord Competition
of the Prague Spring Festival in 1994, he has given solo performances in Europe,
the United States, South America, Korea, Japan and Taiwan.
Vinikour has performed as a soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in
Spain, Moscow and Dresden, the South Bohemian Chamber Orchestra and the Rotterdam
Philharmonic. He has presented recitals and concertos at the Prague Spring
Festival, Baroque Music Week of Monaco, Janacek May Festival and the Deauville
Festival; for Radio France; and at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
He performs and records regularly with prominent early-music ensembles in
Europe, including Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Arts Florissants and LEnsemble
Orchestral de Paris. He has made several solo recordings and can also be heard
in the Merchant/Ivory film Jefferson in Paris.
The Oct. 27 concert will be Vinikours third appearance in Iowa City.
The concert will be performed on a harpsichord built by Kevin Fryer, very
similar to the one used in Vinikours recording of the Goldberg
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open
noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available
in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.
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