Monday July 30, 2018 | 7:30PM (Pre-concert talk at 6:45PM)
Christ Church Cathedral | Map
Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord
EMV continue our multi-year exploration of the Goldberg Variations with the elegance and insight offered by Benjamin Alard who, at age 19, was awarded first prize and the public’s prize at the prestigious 2004 Musica Antiqua Harpsichord Competition in Bruges. Alard recently embarked on a project to record all of Bach’s keyboard works for Harmonica Mundi. He is one of the great keyboardists of his generation.
“It is the hallmark of great artists that they make you forget all other versions, all other interpretations, of a work when they present their own. Their artistry makes the piece they are playing completely their own, as though it had never before been performed by anyone else. Young French harpsichordist Benjamin Alard joined that elite club of artists Thursday night” — The Globe and Mail
This concert is generously supported by Ernst & Young
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Variatio 1. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 2. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 3. Canone all’Unisono. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 4. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 5. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav.
Variatio 6. Canone alla Seconda. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 7. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav. al tempo di Giga
Variatio 8. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 9. Canone alla Terza a 1 Clav.
Variatio 10. Fughetta a 1 Clav.
Variatio 11. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 12. Canone alla Quarta
Variatio 13. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 14. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 15. Canone alla Quinta. a 1 Clav.: Andante
Variatio 16. Ouverture. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 17. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 18. Canone alla Sesta. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 19. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 20. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 21. Canone alla Settima
Variatio 22. a 1 Clav. alla breve
Variatio 23. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 24. Canone all’Ottava. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 25. a 2 Clav. adagio
Variatio 26. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 27. Canone alla Nona. a 1 Clav..
Variatio 28. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 29. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav.
Variatio 30. a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
Aria da Capo
Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord
Benjamin was awarded first prize in the 2004 International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges and since 2007 has been organist at the church of Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile ( Paris ).
Benjamin performs recitals and chamber music on both the harpsichord and organ. He also performs works for two harpsichords, in duo with the violinist Francois Fernandez and with the brothers Barthold, Sigiswald and Wieland Kuijken.
Since 2005 he has been a member of La Petite Bande and in the last few years, has conducted the group from the harpsichord.
Benjamin regularly works with the actor and director Benjamin Lazar. Their production “Visions” was performed at the Bach Academy in Arques-la-Bataille and in Louvain with La Petite Bande.
In June 2017, Benjamin made his USA debut with very highly regarded performances at tthe Boston Early Music Festival and performed Bach’s entire Clavier-Übung, in 7 concerts on the harpsichord & organ at the Utrecht Early Music Festival 2017.
Benjamin Alard has recorded for the label Hortus and has made several recordings of works by J. S. Bach for Alpha which have consistently received high praise from the press and have been awarded multiple prizes. In August 2017, Harmonia Mundi annouced that Benjamin will join their artist roster and will record the complete works for organ and harpsichord of J.S. Bach over the next several years.