Andreas Staier plays Bach's Goldberg Variations on a copy of this famously grand harpsichord built in 1734 by Hieronymus Albrecht Hass currently housed in Hamburg, Germany. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Hear Andreas Staier And His Harpsichord

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Lara Downes plays contemporary takes on Bach's iconic Goldberg Variations in NPR's studio 4A. Doriane Raiman/NPR hide caption

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Lara Downes' New Viewpoints On Old Variations

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All this week, a look at Bach's Goldberg Variations from many points of view. Guido Bergmann/Getty Images hide caption

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Bach Scholar Christoph Wolff Discusses The 'Goldberg Variations'

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Kerstin Linder-Dewan's violin self-destructs.

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Joyce El Khoury And Brian Jadge: Tiny Desk Concert

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