Bach, J S: Goldberg Variations, BWV988

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Bach, J S: Goldberg Variations, BWV988

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12th Jan 2009




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Bach, J S: Goldberg Variations, BWV988

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The Goldberg Variations, which was printed in 1741 as 'Clavierübung IV. Teil' was later named after Bach's 14-year-old pupil, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg. Evgenij Koroliov was even younger when he discovered Bach - he heard Glenn Gould in Moscow in 1957 and was influenced by the legendary Russian pianists Maria Judina and Sviatoslav Richter. In the 1960s and '70s he won important piano competitions ranging from the Van Cliburn to the Grand Prix Clara Haskil. In cooperation with the Bachfest Leipzig, EuroArts was able to convince the reclusive pianist - who is still only known in specialist circles - to produce this recording of an exiting recital in summer 2008.

"… but if I am allowed only one musical work on my desert island, then I should choose Koroliov's Bach, because forsaken, starving and dying of thirst, I would listen to it right up to my last breath." György Ligeti

BBC Music Magazine

March 2009


“…Koroliov… uses the full resources of his magnificent Steinway, and the spontaneity with which he moves from the lightest of touches to grand sonorities is one of the many fascinating aspects of this riveting performance.”

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