J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Pieter-Jan Belder harpsichord
Yuan Sheng piano
Elena Barshai organ
Amati String Trio
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 94621
EAN code 5028421946214
Release June 2013

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) – virtuoso organist and composer of a wealth of orchestral, chamber and vocal music – is one of the most influential composers ever to have lived, one whose works form an established part of the repertoire of every instrument for which he wrote. This collection comprises the Goldberg Variations BWV988, a composition that takes its name from a young pupil of Bach, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who was in the service of Count von Keyserlingk. The Count was a notoriously bad sleeper, and requested of Bach a series of pieces for Goldberg to play to him when he could not sleep; he then considered the work to be ‘his’, although it is widely referred to by the name of its performer. The variations are in groups of three, with the last in each group being a canon and the final variation weaving together two popular song melodies into a quodlibet. The variations range in character, and feature fughettas, a French overture, ornamental slow arias as well as virtuosic pieces for two manuals.

The Goldberg Variations are played on a variety of different instruments. The first CD features organist Pieter-Jan Belder, and the second Yuan Sheng on piano. The variations of CD3 are performed on the organ by Elena Barshai, while the Amati String Trio – Gil Sharon, violin; Ron Ephrat, viola; Alexander Hülshoff, cello – feature on the final disc of the collection.

Other information:
- Recorded 1999–2012.
- Bach’s Goldberg Variations have gained iconic status. Ever since the legendary recording of Glenn Gould in 1955 it took the world by storm, and its popularity reaches well beyond the boundaries of traditional classical music audiences.
- Originally written for “Clavecimbel mit zwei Manuale” the perfect counterpoint and instrumental brilliance of the 30 variations invite for performances on other instruments, finding new facets and hidden treasures in this immensely rich music.
- This set brings together 4 performances on different instruments, a fascinating journey of comparison, wonder, awe and joy!
- Booklet contains liner notes and biographies.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Aria
  2. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 1
  3. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 2
  4. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 3. Canone all’unisono
  5. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 4
  6. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 5
  7. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 6. Canone alla seconda
  8. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 7
  9. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 8
  10. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 9. Canone alla terza
  11. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 10. Fughetta
  12. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 11
  13. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 12. Canone alla quarta
  14. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 13
  15. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 14
  16. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 15. Canone alle quinta, andante
  17. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 16. Ouverture
  18. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 17
  19. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 18. Canone alla sesta
  20. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 19
  21. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 20
  22. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 21. Canone alla settima
  23. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 22. Alla breve
  24. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 23
  25. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 24. Canone all’ottava
  26. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 25
  27. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 26
  28. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 27. Canone alla nona
  29. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 28
  30. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 29
  31. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 30. Quodlibet
  32. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Aria da capo

Disk 2

  1. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Aria
  2. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 1
  3. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 2
  4. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 3. Canone all’unisono
  5. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 4
  6. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 5
  7. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 6. Canone alla seconda
  8. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 7
  9. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 8
  10. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 9. Canone alla terza
  11. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 10. Fughetta
  12. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 11
  13. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 12. Canone alla quarta
  14. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 13
  15. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 14
  16. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 15. Canone alle quinta, andante
  17. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 16. Ouverture
  18. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 17
  19. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 18. Canone alla sesta
  20. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 19
  21. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 20
  22. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 21. Canone alla settima
  23. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 22
  24. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 23
  25. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 24. Canone all’ottava
  26. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 25
  27. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 26
  28. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 27. Canone alla nona
  29. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 28
  30. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 29
  31. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 30. Quodlibet
  32. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Aria da capo

Disk 3

  1. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Aria
  2. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 1
  3. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 2
  4. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation3. Canone all’unisono
  5. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 4
  6. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 5
  7. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 6. Canone alla seconda
  8. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 7
  9. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 8
  10. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 9. Canone alla terza
  11. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 10. Fughetta
  12. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 11
  13. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 12. Canone alla quarta
  14. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 13
  15. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 14
  16. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 15. Canone alle quinta, andante
  17. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 16. Ouverture
  18. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 17
  19. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 18. Canone alla sesta
  20. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 19
  21. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 20
  22. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 21. Canone alla settima
  23. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 22. Alla breve
  24. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 23
  25. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 24. Canone all’ottava
  26. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 25
  27. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 26
  28. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 27. Canone alla nona
  29. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 28
  30. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 29
  31. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 30. Quodlibet
  32. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Aria da capo

Disk 4

  1. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Aria
  2. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 1
  3. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 2
  4. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 3. Canone all’unisono
  5. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 4
  6. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 5
  7. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 6. Canone alla seconda
  8. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 7. Tempo di giga
  9. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 8
  10. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 9. Canone alla terza
  11. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 10. Fughetta
  12. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 11
  13. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 12. Canone alla quarta
  14. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 13
  15. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 14
  16. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 15. Canone alla quinta, andante
  17. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 16. Ouverture
  18. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 17
  19. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 18. Canone alla sexta
  20. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 19
  21. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 20
  22. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 21. Canone alla settima
  23. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 22
  24. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 23
  25. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 24. Canone all’ottava
  26. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 25
  27. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 26
  28. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 27. Canone alla nona
  29. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 28
  30. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 29
  31. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Variation 30. Quodlibet
  32. Goldberg Variations in G Major, BWV 988: Aria da capo