Bach, J S: Goldberg Variations, BWV988

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Bach, J S: Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Awards:

Presto Disc of the Week

26th August 2016

Gramophone Awards 2017

Shortlisted - Baroque Instrumental

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2016

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice - November 2016

Label:

DG

Catalogue No:

4795929

Discs:

1

Release date:

26th Aug 2016

Barcode:

0028947959298

Length:

78 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Bach, J S: Goldberg Variations, BWV988


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Harpsichord star Mahan Esfahani approaches one of the greatest masterpieces of the Baroque repertoire with fresh eyes: Bach’s incomparable Goldberg Variations, which he presents in a unique virtuosic way.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Aria With 30 Variations, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations"

Aria

Variatio 1 a 1 Clav.

Variatio 2 a 1 Clav.

Variatio 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all'Unisono

Variatio 4 a 1 Clav.

Variatio 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.

Variatio 6 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda

Variatio 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav. Al tempo di Giga

Variatio 8 a 2 Clav.

Variatio 9 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza

Variatio 10 a 1 Clav. Fughetta

Variatio 11 a 2 Clav.

Variatio 12 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quarta

Variatio 13 a 2 Clav.

Variatio 14 a 2 Clav.

Variatio 15 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta. Andante

Variatio 16 a 1 Clav. Ouverture

Variatio 17 a 2 Clav.

Variatio 18 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Sesta

Variatio 19 a 1 Clav.

Variatio 20 a 2 Clav.

Variatio 21 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Settima

Variatio 22 a 1 Clav. Alla breve

Variatio 23 a 2 Clav.

Variatio 24 a 1 Clav. Canone all'Ottava

Variatio 25 a 2 Clav. Adagio

Variatio 26 a 2 Clav.

Variatio 27 a 2 Clav. Canone alla Nona

Variatio 28 a 2 Clav.

Variatio 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.

Variatio 30 a 1 Clav. Quodlibet

Aria da capo

Presto Classical

26th August 2016

“It’s an enormously colourful, varied journey, and “journey” definitely seems like the right term to use. When the Aria da capo comes round to finish the set, there’s a sense somehow that Esfahani is returning home, tired but happy after a long and scenic walk...whatever your go-to recording of the Variations, I think this one can give it a run for its money.”

The Guardian

18th September 2016

*****

“Everyone wants to record Bach’s Goldbergs, but not many show as much piercing insight as harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani...Esfahani shows amazing rhythmic freedom at times, sometimes teasing us with a long pause before a repeat starts...A hugely stimulating account of one of the peaks of western music.”

Sunday Times

9th October 2016

“you sense Esfahani mastering an intractable instrument for which Bach fashioned a masterpiece.”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2016

“The first thing you notice about this remarkable recording is the unusual warmth and tonal vibrancy of the harpsichord...Esfahani obviously revels in its capabilities...His sophisticated virtuosity, stylistic aplomb and strong personal profile give fresh and meaningful voice to this well-travelled score.”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2016

“Esfahani's contributions are the extraordinary range and delicacy of his touch and his scrupulous attention to matching phrasing.”

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