The variation cycle is without a doubt one of the most important works of keyboard instrument literature, played time and again, both in the original version and in miscellaneous adaptations and instrumentations. Framed ba the unforgettably beautiful aria in a form similar to a sarabande, the 30 variations are bound by the bass framework and divided in two larger parts. A French overture marks the beginning of the second part. Every third variation, composed as an interval canon and in which the parts begin in an ever-increasing interval, additionally subdivides the work into ten groups of three. This wonderful work with its plethora of possible structures and symbols concealed in numbers has kept generations of musicians and musicologists busy and will probably continue to do so for a long time to come. The best thing to do is to lean back, leave the task of hitting the right key at the right time* to the musicians and let the music speak for itself! Or, as Albert Einstein once said: “What I have to say about Bach’s life work: Listen, perform, love and adore it! And shut up!"
Alexander Puliaev was born in Leningrad (St.Petersburg) He received a piano soloist diploma from Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Prof. W. A. Natanson. He continued his education in Western Europe, where he took lessons with Gustav Leonhardt, Jos van Immerseel and Ketil Haugsand. He graduated from the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam, where his teachers were Anneke Uittenbosch (harpsichord) and Stanley Hoogland (fortepiano). In 1 993 he was awarded a prize at the International Harpsichord competition in Warsaw. Alexander Puliaev lives in Germany, where he is teaching at the Musikhochschule Köln and from where he has continued his international career. He has performed in chamber ensembles with such artists as Hidemi Suzuki, Dorothee Oberlinger, Vittorio Ghielmi, Hille Perl, Anton Steck, Sergio Azzolini, Dorothee Mields, Ketil Haugsand as well as with Concerto Köln, Ornamente 99, Kontraste Köln, Ensemble 1 700, Das Neue Orchester Köln, Van Wassenaer Orkest and Norwegian Baroque Orchestra.