starting off a week in Vermont was a performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland. the Goldbergs tend to bring a wide swath of people out of the woodwork, people that might not necessarily come otherwise to a piano recital. no exception in Rutland.
the church’s music program is directed by the excellent Alastair Stout, a composer, organist, choral director, and all around great musician. Alastair studied with Peter Maxwell Davies, a composer whose music I am less familiar with, but listening now to some based on alastair’s recommendations.. for instance his Missa L’homme armé. sadly there does not seem to be much in the way of piano music.