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Bach – Goldberg Variations

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Catalogue numberBIS-2399 SACD
Release date2018-07-10
Discs2
Orig. sample rate48000Hz
Total time90:06

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The Goldberg Variations, or – to use the original title – ‘Aria with diverse variations’ counts as a milestone in Western music history. With good reason: the huge work and its highly systematic structure demonstrate with utmost clarity Bach’s immense skill as a composer. Books and treatises have been written to analyse how it is constructed, amazing both musicologists and mathematicians. But as the Danish accordionist Andreas Borregaard writes in his own liner notes to this disc: ‘the Goldberg Variations are so much more than a gigantic, sounding sudoku. Each variation is an expressive universe unto itself, and the music passes through almost every corner of the human spectrum of emotions.’

Originally written for the harpsichord, the work has become part of the piano repertoire, but the emotional range that Borregaard emphasizes is perhaps brought out even more clearly when it is performed, as here, on the accordion. The inherent nostalgia of the Aria is more poignant than ever, the gigue in Variation 7 has the swagger of sailors on shore leave, and the introspection of Variation 15 is almost hypnotic. With a duration of 90 minutes, Borregaard’s performance can be listened to without a break on Disc 1, for those who have an SACD player. For playback on CD players the programme is split midway, with Disc 2 beginning with the French overture that forms Variation 16.
 
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  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 89:51
01 Aria 04:37 $ 0.69 USD
02 Variatio 1. a 1 Clav. 02:00 $ 0.30 USD
03 Variatio 2. a 1 Clav. 02:07 $ 0.32 USD
04 Variatio 3. Canone all’Unisono. a 1 Clav. 02:08 $ 0.32 USD
05 Variatio 4. a 1 Clav. 01:09 $ 0.17 USD
06 Variatio 5. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav. 01:54 $ 0.29 USD
07 Variatio 6. Canone alla Seconda. a 1 Clav. 01:40 $ 0.25 USD
08 Variatio 7. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav. al tempo di Giga 02:07 $ 0.32 USD
09 Variatio 8. a 2 Clav. 02:04 $ 0.31 USD
10 Variatio 9. Canone alla Terza. a 1 Clav. 02:24 $ 0.36 USD
11 Variatio 10. Fughetta. a 1 Clav. 01:47 $ 0.27 USD
12 Variatio 11. a 2 Clav. 02:14 $ 0.34 USD
13 Variatio 12. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quarta in moto contrario 02:27 $ 0.37 USD
14 Variatio 13. a 2 Clav. 05:51 $ 0.88 USD
15 Variatio 14. a 2 Clav. 02:32 $ 0.38 USD
16 Variatio 15. Canone alla Quinta. a 1 Clav.: Andante 05:47 $ 0.87 USD
17 Variatio 16. Ouverture. a 1 Clav. 03:01 $ 0.45 USD
18 Variatio 17. a 2 Clav. 02:27 $ 0.37 USD
19 Variatio 18. Canone alla Sesta. a 1 Clav. 1' 01:46 $ 0.27 USD
20 Variatio 19. a 1 Clav. 01:19 $ 0.20 USD
21 Variatio 20. a 2 Clav. 02:23 $ 0.36 USD
22 Variatio 21. Canone alla Settima 03:54 $ 0.59 USD
23 Variatio 22. a 1 Clav. alla breve 01:32 $ 0.23 USD
24 Variatio 23. a 2 Clav. 02:37 $ 0.39 USD
25 Variatio 24. Canone all'Ottava. a 1 Clav. 02:56 $ 0.44 USD
26 Variatio 25. a 2 Clav.: Adagio 09:30 $ 1.43 USD
27 Variatio 26. a 2 Clav. 02:23 $ 0.36 USD
28 Variatio 27. Canone alla Nona. a 2 Clav. 02:32 $ 0.38 USD
29 Variatio 28. a 2 Clav. 02:39 $ 0.40 USD
30 Variatio 29. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav. 02:40 $ 0.40 USD
31 Variatio 30. a 1 Clav. Quodlibet 02:24 $ 0.36 USD
32 Aria da capo 03:00 $ 0.45 USD
 
  Album total 90:06
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
AccordionBorregaard, Andreas

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