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J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

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Compact Disc (Audio)
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1
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Available
Release Date:
27-05-2022
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4250317416063
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Jewel Case
Catalog Number:
PHIL06006
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

Description

Award winning pianist Pi-hsien Chen performs Bach's Goldberg Variaitions.

"Bach was commissioned to compose the Goldberg Variations by the Russian envoy to the court in Dresden, Graf Hermann von Kayserling, at the court in Dresden. The Earl, suffering from insomnia, had asked for piano pieces of a 'soft and somewhat merry character'. His private harpsichordist, Johann Theophilus Goldberg, was to play them for him at night to cheer him up.

Bach complied willingly with the Earl's request and created the extensive cycle of an aria with 30 variations. Kayserling was enthusiastic about the music. Bach received a golden goblet containing 100 Louisdor.

This masterpiece begins and ends with an aria with a sarabande character and can already be found in the 'Klavierbuchlein fur Anna Magdalena Bach'. As is frequently the case with baroque variation cycles, the variations situated in between are not based on the melody of the aria but rather on its bass and the bass harmonies. The composition possesses a clearly recognizable structure. Alltogether it consists of ten groups with three variations each. Every third variation is a canon the intervals of which rise from unison to ninth. The two-part division of the entire cycle is marked by a French overture at the beginning of the 16th variation. Special attention should be paid to the 25th variation, an adagio in g-minor. With its sad and painful expression it ranks among the most profound written by J. S. Bach.

In his last variations Bach decided in favour of an amusing 'Quodlibet' which is characterized by two folksongs. They are artfully added to the bass: 'Kraut und Ruben haben mich vertreiben' und 'Ich bin so lang nicht bei dir gewest: ruck her, ruck her, ruck her. ' After that we hear the initial aria of the beginning again. We have come full circle. Goldberg's playing for the earl can start once more..." Hans-Ludwig Feldgen

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria
  3. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 1. a 1 Clav.
  4. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 2. a 1 Clav.
  5. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 3. Canone all'Unisuono a 1 Clav.
  6. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 4. a 1 Clav.
  7. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 5. a 1 o vero 2 Clav.
  8. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 6. Canone alla Seconda. a 1 Clav.
  9. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 7. a 1 o vero 2 Clav.
  10. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 8. a 2 Clav.
  11. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 9. Canzone alla Terza. a 1 Clav.
  12. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 10. Fughetta. a 1 Clav.
  13. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 11. a Clav.
  14. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 12. Canone alla Quarta. a 1 Clav.
  15. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 13. a 2 Clav.
  16. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 14. a 2 Clav.
  17. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 15. Canone alla Quinta. a 1 Clav.
  18. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 16. Ouverture. a 1 Clav.
  19. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 17. a 2 Clav.
  20. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 18. Canone alla Sexta. a 1 Clav.
  21. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 19. a 1 Clav.
  22. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 20. a 2 Clav.
  23. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 21. Canone alla Settima. a 1 Clav.
  24. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 22. a 1 Clav.
  25. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 23. a 2 Clav.
  26. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 24. Canone all´ Ottava. a 1 Clav.
  27. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 25. a 2 Clav.
  28. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 26. a 2 Clav.
  29. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 27. Canone alla Nona. a 2 Clav.
  30. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 28. a 2 Clav.
  31. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 29. a 1 o vero 2 Clav.
  32. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 30. Quodlibet. a 1 Clav.
  33. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria da capo
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