Johann Sebastian Bach 1746, mit Rätselkanon (Ölgemälde von Elias Gottlob Haußmann) Bach’s famous “Goldberg Variations” are a perfect fit for the Turkish civil rights activist and pianist Fazıl Say in weißem Hemd Fazıl Say and today still seem like a divine revelation.


What to expect

Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations

Duration: around 65 minutes without a break


20 minutes before each performance in the foyer, we will tell you about the story of the evening.


Prices: EUR 52 | 28

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a profound truth

There was only one truth for Johann Sebastian Bach: divine revelation, which manifested itself for him in every triad and canon. On the one hand, his Goldberg Variations are a profound truth in the form of a cosmos of pure counterpoint; on the other hand, they were simply a pleasant distraction for a count who had trouble sleeping. No pianist of our day could play this cycle with more verve and charisma than Fazıl Say.

Fazıl Say


Pianist, composer and civil rights activist: the person of Turkish-born Fazıl Say has many facets. He is already one of the most important pianists of our time and is known worldwide for his brilliant compositions and interpretations on the piano.