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CBC Music - First Play: Joe Chindamo and Zoe Black, The New Goldberg Variations

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Here's a new entry in the ever-expanding catalog of albums that prove J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations is an infinite source of inspiration. This latest Goldberg rework, streaming above through Aug. 27, comes from the Australian duo of violinist Zoë Black and pianist Joe Chindamo.

Chindamo performs the original work as written and composed an additional violin line - an elaborate counterpoint - played by Black. "The only self-imposed rule was that I would not alter a single note Bach wrote, and decided to adhere to Bach's language and aesthetic," writes Chindamo in the liner notes.

Chindamo, who describes Bach's Goldberg Variations as his refuge, did not enter into the project lightly. "To write in the style of Bach is akin to introducing another character into one of Shakespeare's plays!" Guided by his respect for the work, Chindamo's concept is at once idiomatic and contemporary. Something of a specialist in the re-imagination genre, Chindamo has similarly rearranged works by Chopin, Schumann, Handel, Purcell, Scarlatti and Puccini.

Chindamo and Black will perform The New Goldberg Variations at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York City on Sept. 30.

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