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J​.​S. Bach / Karlheinz Essl: Gold​.​Berg​.​Werk by Xenia Pestova Bennett & Ed Bennett


Limited Edition CD signed copy, with signatures by performer Xenia Pestova and the artist daMian wojcik


released November 12, 2021 Xenia Pestova Bennett, piano Ed Bennett, live electronic spatialisation Produced by Ed Bennett, Michael Keeney, and Xenia Pestova BennettRecorded, mixed, and mastered by Michael Keeney Additional engineering by Kris Stronge Binaural rendering by Karlheinz Essl (Vienna), August 2021 Artwork by Damian Wojcik (Diptych Window)

Design by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly Recorded at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, September 2020 Steinway D piano provided by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland



Ergodos released "Gold.Berg.Werk", a radical re-interpretation of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations by Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl, performed by pianist Xenia Pestova Bennett, with live electronic diffusion by Ed Bennett. The Goldberg Variations form a cornerstone of keyboard repertoire, yet we rarely question the mode of presentation for this work. Here, Essl offers a refreshing glimpse of a new performance practice: gorgeous time-stretched harmonies are manipulated in real time and played back through spatialised loudspeakers in between the piano variations, bringing together Baroque and contemporary sound worlds. Pianist Xenia Pestova Bennett reflects on her engagement with this transformative project: “The very idea of tackling the Goldberg Variations, places an enormous psychological “weight” of tradition on any keyboard player brave or foolish enough to do so. However, rather than presenting this work as a fixed artefact behind dusty museum glass, or trying to match existing interpretations, I find that it helps to view it as a living and evolving organism. Karlheinz Essl’s "Gold.Berg.Werk" (“gold mine work”), a new piece in its own right, takes Bach’s music as a point of departure and offers a fresh perspective.”

J​.​S. Bach / Karlheinz Essl: Gold​.​Berg​.​Werk CD


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