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Inside the Goldbergs

Premiering March 25, 2024

Together with acclaimed Bach scholar Michael Marissen, harpsichordist Mark Edwards, and pianist Dror Biran, we go Inside the Goldbergs to explore Bach’s momentous work and consider the unique challenges and opportunities that Bach’s music has for us all.
Mar. 25: Inside the Goldbergs

About the Episode

On March 25, 2024, SalonEra premieres a new episode. Inside the Goldbergs was filmed in front of a LIVE studio audience in Cleveland Heights in Feb. 2024. In it, noted Bach scholar Michael Marissen, harpsichordist Mark Edwards, and pianist Dror Biran share insights and performances of Bach’s enigmatic Goldberg Variations.

Episode Credits

Debra Nagy, host & executive producer
Shelby Yamin, associate producer
Hannah De Priest, special projects manager

Episode Guests

Mark Edwards

Guest, harpsichord

Michael Marissen

Guest, scholar

Dror Biran

Guest, pianist


Watch Dror Biran perform the complete Well-Tempered Clavier in this full video on YouTube.

Read Jeremy Denk’s “Why I Hate the Goldberg Variations” for NPR’s Deceptive Cadence.

Complete performance of The Goldberg Variations by French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau for the Netherlands Bach Society




Selections from the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988:

Variation 18 Canon at the 6th for one keyboard
Variation 13 for two keyboards
Variation 24 Canon at the octave for one keyboard
Variation 5 for one or two keyboards
Variation 7 for one or two keyboards
Variation 20 for two keyboards
Variation 30 Quodlibet for one keyboard

Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846 from The Well-Tempered Clavier

IMPROVISATION on the Goldbergs by harpsichordist Mark Edwards