Goldberg Variations (2019)

Bach

Lazlo Borbely

Forkel, the author of the first significant Bach monograph, tells the story of the origin of the composition. According to him, the great Johann Sebastian was commissioned by a certain Count Keyserlinck to compose the Goldberg Variations. The Count suffered from insomnia, therefore he asked the composer whom he had known from earlier to compose some music which his court harpsichordist, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, could play for him from time to time in the tormenting hours of the night. Bach believed that a series of variations would best suit the purpose so that Goldberg could play different movements each night. Keyserlinck received the score and paid an appreciable sum for the work, handing over a golden plate with a hundred double Louis d’or.

The 27th variation continues the method only partially: it is a canon on the ninth but there are only two parts. Variation 30 is a Quodlibet of well-known folksongs instead of the expected canon on the tenth. Variations 4, 7, 10, and some others are character pieces (No. 7 is a gigue, No.10 is a fugato, but No. 16, the French overture, also belongs to this group), others (from Variation 5) are virtuoso pieces utilising the technical possibilities of the two-manual harpsichord and are rather dif?cult to play on the piano, since the two hands always cross owing to the lack of the other manual. It remains an unanswered question of how Goldberg could cope with the task. Because, even if not at the age of 15, he probably played these movements for the sleepless Count at some time.

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Goldberg Variations (2019)

Bach

Lazlo Borbely

Cables: Wireworld Micro-Silver Platinum OCC
Digital Converters: Hapi, Merging Technologies
Microphone Preamp: API 3124+
Microphones: DPA 4007 Stereo pairs
Piano: Steinway D Model Grand Piano
Piano Technician: Balázs Tóth
Producer: Róbert Zoltán Hunka
Recording Engineer: András Makay
Recording Location: Live Recording with Audience at Supersize Recording Studio, Törökbálint, Hungary on August 31, 2019
Recording Software: Pyramix. Merging Technologies
Recording Technician: Gábor Szendro
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 256

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Variation 1 A 1 Clav.
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Variation 2 A 1 Clav.
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Variation 3 A 1 Clav. Canone All' Unisuono
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Variation 4 A 1 Clav.
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Variation 5 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
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Variation 6 A 1 Clav. Canone Alla Seconda
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Variation 7 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
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Variation 8 A 2 Clav.
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Variation 9 A 1 Clav. Canone Alla Terza
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Variation 10 A 1 Clav. Fughetta
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Variation 11 A 2 Clav.
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Variation 12 Canone Alla Quarta
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Variation 13 A 2 Clav.
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Variation 14 A 2 Clav.
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Variation 15 A 1 Clav. Canone Alla Quinta. Andante
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Variation 16 Ouverture A 1 Clav.
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Variation 17 A 2 Clav.
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Variation 18 A 1 Clav. Canone Alla Sesta
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Variation 19 A 1 Clav.
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Variation 20 A 2 Clav.
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Variation 21 Canone Alla Settima
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Variation 22 A 1 Clav. Alla Breve
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Variation 23 A 2 Clav.
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Variation 24 A 1 Clav. Canone All' Ottova
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Variation 25 A 2 Clav.
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Variation 26 A 2 Clav.
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Variation 27 A 2 Clav. Canone Alla Nona
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Variation 28 A 2 Clav.
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Variation 29 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
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Variation 30 A 1 Clav. Quodlibet
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Aria Da Capo
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