Thursday August 31st 7.00 PM

Oblackie Centrum Edukacji i Kultury,
Elżbietańska 9/10 Street, Gdańsk


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Johann Sebastian Bach – Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen
Arr. for chamber orchestra by Dmitry Sitkovetsky

Original description for keyboard

Variatio 1. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 2. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 3. Canone all’Unisono. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 4. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 5. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav.
Variatio 6. Canone alla Seconda. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 7. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav. al tempo di Giga
Variatio 8. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 9. Canone alla Terza. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 10. Fughetta. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 11. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 12. Canone alla Quarta
Variatio 13. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 14. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 15. Canone alla Quinta. a 1 Clav.: Andante
Variatio 16. Ouverture. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 17. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 18. Canone alla Sesta. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 19. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 20. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 21. Canone alla Settima
Variatio 22. a 1 Clav. alla breve
Variatio 23. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 24. Canone all’Ottava. a 1 Clav.
Variatio 25. a 2 Clav. adagio
Variatio 26. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 27. Canone alla Nona. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 28. a 2 Clav.
Variatio 29. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav.
Variatio 30. a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
Aria da Capo

The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot

The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot was established in 1982 on the initiative of Wojciech Rajski. Its core consists of string instruments (19 musicians), but it also performs in extended composition, i.e. with wind instruments. It made its debut in June 1982 in Gdynia under the name the Wojciech Rajski Chamber Orchestra; just a few days later, it inaugurated the Schleissheimer Sommer festival in Munich and the 37th Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker festival. In 1987, the ensemble went on a concert tour of the United States of America (33 concerts), where it played in, among others, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It has also performed twice in China (1990, 2016), in Japan (1997) as well as in Mexico and the Canary Islands.

Since the beginning of its activities, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot has been a regular guest at renowned European festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Prague Spring or La Chaise-Dieu. The Orchestra has performed many times at the Music Festival in Łańcut and at the Warsaw Philharmonic. In addition, it has had the opportunity to play in prestigious concert halls (e.g. Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Salle Pleyel in Paris or the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna) and has been often accompanied by the most outstanding soloists, such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman, Sabine and Wolfgang Meyer, Mischa Maisky, Raphael Oleg, Gary Karr, Ivo Pogorelić, Aleksandra Kurzak, Roberto Alagna, Piotr Beczała, Rolando Villazón and many others. The ensemble’s concerts as part of a concert tour of Germany (2014) with world-renowned pianist Krystian Zimerman received excellent reviews in the local press.

The Orchestra has over 60 albums to its credit released by distinguished record labels, including Sony Classical, EMI, Tacet, Thorofon, Sonomaster, Opus, CD ACCORD or DUX. In 2015, after 8 years of work, the Orchestra completed recording all nine symphonies by L. van Beethoven for the TACET label.

Since 2011, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot has been organizing the Sopot Classic International Music Festival, which, on an annual basis, is a highlight of the Tricity’s summer cultural offer. Maestro Wojciech Rajski has been the ensemble’s director ever since its creation.

The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot, operating within the structures of the Baltic Art Agency BART, is a cultural institution of the City of Sopot and of the Local Government of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.

Alina Ratkowska

Harpsichordist, conductor, animator of culture, teacher, Professor of Musical Arts. First Prize Winner of the International Harpsichord Competition Paola Bernardi in Bologna in 2005; in 2003, together with the ensemble she manages, Esperanto, she received the 3rd prize in the International Competition Musica Antiqua ‘Van Vlaanderen’ in Bruges, Belgium. In 2020, she was awarded a Fryderyk for a double-disc album with complete harpsichord solo pieces by Johann Goldberg as well as the prestigious cultural award of the city of Gdańsk ‘Splendor Gedanensis’ for 2019. Professor of the Chopin University of Music, where she runs a harpsichord class; since 2016.

In 1999, she graduated with honours from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (now Chopin University of Music) in the class of Leszek Kędracki. In 2002, she graduated from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Andrea Marcon’s class. She also studied with Jörg Andreas Bötticher, Jesper B. Christensen (Generalbass), and Johann Sonnleitner (historical piano/chamber music). In 2020, she graduated in symphony and opera conducting in the class of Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk; she also graduated from postgraduate studies at the Gdańsk University of Technology at the Faculty of Management and Economics.

In 2009 and 2013, she was honoured with the Sztorm Roku [Storm of the Year] award by readers of Gazeta Wyborcza. In 2008, she received the award of the Mayor of the City of Gdańsk for Young Creators of Culture. She was a scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and Art, the Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, the Culture Foundation, and many other foreign foundations. She has cooperated with the Goldberg Baroque Ensemble specializing in the performance of music preserved in the collections of the Gdańsk Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences, documenting it in the Muzyczne dziedzictwo Miasta Gdańska [Musical Heritage of the City of Gdańsk] series (DUX, Sarton). Much of her activity is devoted to the performance of contemporary harpsichord music. She has taken part in world premieres of chamber and solo works by Krzysztof Baculewski, Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, Paweł Łukaszewski, Edward Sielicki, Tadeusz Dixa, Bartosz Kowalski, Marcin Łukaszewski, Dariusz Przybylski, or Leszek Możdżer. Her activity in the field of contemporary music has resulted in, among others, the album Le Clavecin Moderne, nominated for Fryderyk 2017. In 2019, she conducted the premiere of Zygmunt Krauze’s cantata Francesco.

In 2010, her debut solo album with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations (Sarton) was released, which received two Fryderyk nominations in 2011. In 2012, a CD with three harpsichord concertos by Johann Jeremias du Grain, a Gdańsk composer and organist who died in 1756, was released, and a year later a book devoted to them was published by the Chopin University of Music. In 2018, the artist recorded Johann Gottlieb Goldberg’s harpsichord concertos for the Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm label. The album received four nominations for the prestigious Opus Klassik 2019 award. Ratkowska is the author of the book Śladami Goldberga [Following the Footsteps of Goldberg], the first monograph devoted to the Gdańsk harpsichordist and composer.

In 2006, on her initiative, the Goldberg Festival in Gdańsk was established, which became one of the most important festivals of early music in Poland. Since September 2022 Alina Ratkowska is the director of the Wojciech Kilar Polish Philharmonic ‘Sinfonia Baltica’ in Słupsk.


  • Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot
  • Alina Ratkowska – conductor