Var­i­ous vari­a­tions

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Bach’s Gold­berg Vari­a­tions must fig­ure on the “desert is­land” list of many mu­sic lovers. It cer­tainly be­came an ob­ject of ado­ra­tion for the vi­o­lin­ist and con­duc­tor Dmitry Sitkovet­sky, who, hav­ing grown ob­sessed with Glenn Gould’s 1981 pi­ano record­ing of the piece, set out in 1984-1985 to cre­ate an ef­fec­tive tran­scrip­tion for a trio of vi­o­lin, vi­ola, and cello. In 1992, he re-en­vi­sioned Bach’s vari­a­tions again, this time in a set­ting for full string orches­tra. In 2009, hav­ing played (and heard many oth­ers play) his string-trio ver­sion for over a quar­ter of a cen­tury, he re­vised it to “re­turn to a sim­pler ver­sion” (as he ex­plained) and to try “to in­ject some fresh, youth­ful en­ergy to pro­pel the piece from the be­gin­ning to end.” On Sun­day, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m., vi­o­lin­ist L.P. How, vi­o­list Christof Hueb­ner, and cel­list Felix Fan per­form Sitkovet­sky’s tran­scrip­tion, cu­ri­ously choos­ing to play his early ver­sion from the mid-1980s rather than the up­dated one. The con­cert, pre­sented by Ser­e­nata of Santa Fe, takes place at 3 p.m. on Sun­day, Nov. 16, at the First Pres­by­te­rian Church (208 Grant Ave.). Tick­ets ($15 to $30, with dis­counts avail­able) can be pur­chased through Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic (505-988-1234, www.tick­etssantafe.org). — James M. Keller

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