Exciting recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations

by Malcolm Archer in Staverton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 17th October 2020 we successfully raised £6,520 with 68 supporters in 28 days

I want to make a new and personal recording of J.S. Bach's wonderful keyboard masterpiece: The Goldberg Variations

by Malcolm Archer in Staverton, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

I am so pleased to have reached my original target - thank you so much to all of you.  I have been overwhelmed by all your generous support.

With a little extra money than I originally thought, we will be able to increase our publicity so that more people can hear my recording, even possibly filming me playing a few of the movements.

I hope also be able to fund a launch concert in due course.

Once again many many thanks for all your great generosity in supporting my recording.


I am very excited to hav1600365101_img_0949_(002).jpge been invited by Convivium records to make a new recording of J.S. Bach's wonderful Goldberg Variations.

Recording this Mount Everest of the harpsichord repertoire has been a personal ambition of mine for many years and this project is the culmination of two years' practising of the piece.

I am fortunate to live in a little church in Wiltshire which I have just 1600364259_img_2719.jpgfinished converting, and which has the perfect acoustic for instrumental music.  I am also going to be recording on my own Alan Gotto copy of a German harpsichord built during Bach’s lifetime. (original 1728 Christian Zell harpsichord in Hamburg Museum) so this is an intensely personal project.

Of course the Goldbergs are enduringly (and justifiably) popular and  there are many recordings but there is always something new to discover and to say in this music.  Bach left very few directions as to how the music was to have been played which is why every reading can be so characteristic of each performer.  I am playing them on the harpsichord, rather than the piano, on which they are frequently heard, as there are clear indications in the score about using two keyboards and the music is so ideally suited to the timbre of the harpsichord and in expressing clarity in the part-writing. 

1600365401_small_boxes.jpgI have made several recordings with Convivium Records and am delighted that they are as excited about this project as I am.  Nowadays of course, outside funding has to be sought for worthwhile projects of this nature.  I hope my friends, colleagues and supporters will agree - I would be so grateful if you would consider supporting me.  

Please watch my film (above) for some more detail about the recording and a chance to hear a taster of the music as it sounds in my church.  There are also some rewards  that I would be delighted to fulfil for you if you support me.

Thank you  so much




This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£15 or more

Variation 1

A huge thankyou from me

£25 or more

Variation II

A copy of the CD as soon as it is ready, personally signed by me with the dedication of your choice.

£50 or more

Variation III

Your name credited with my thanks printed in the CD booklet plus a signed copy of the CD as soon as it is ready, personally signed by me with the dedication of your choice.

£100 or more

13 of 30 claimed

Variation IV

All the previous rewards PLUS To be my guest at an informal hour-long musical soiree where I will play and chat about some of my favourite keyboard pieces. There will be three venues and times to choose from. (NB This is likely to be in spring 2021 when I hope Covid restrictions will have lifted somewhat, but I will make sure the event is compliant and safe.)

£500 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Variation V

All of the previous rewards PLUS An hour long organ or harpsichord lesson with me.

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