Irma Issakadze debuted on OehmsClassics with a
highly praised recording of the Goldberg Variations.
The pianist, who lives in Munich, began her remarkable
career in her home country of Georgia, where
she performed her first public concert at nine with
nothing less than Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto.
She continued her training with Ludwig Hoffmann
in Munich and Vladimir Krainev in Hanover.
In the Six Partitas for Keyboard, which – just as
the Goldberg Variations – are part of the “ClavierÜbungen”,
Bach has expanded the traditional suitemodel
by adding movements that are not dance
forms, e.g. “Burlesca”, “Scherzo” or “Aria”. More and
more, the sequence of dance movements in Bach’s
works becomes a cycle of character pieces. The success
of the Six Partitas was immense. Musicologist Johann
Nikolaus Forkel, also Bach’s first biographer, wrote:
“This work caused a great sensation in the musical
world when it was published; no one had ever seen
or heard such superb compositions for keyboard