Goldberg Variations

Camerata RCO

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Original Recording Format: DXD

Thoughts on Bach Goldberg Variations by Dmitry Sitkovetsky

For me Bach has always been very much the life force of music. He knew something that others didn’t know about the secrets of composition. A lot of it is inspiration but it is also a fantastic technique and perseverance. It’s enlightened. I’ve recorded the solo sonatas and partitas twice, in 1984 and once in 1997, and I hope to be able to record them again before I retire. I’ve spent my most wonderful hours with Bach, not only as a player but also as an arranger, transcribing the Goldberg Variations.

‘I was so taken by the last recording Glenn Gould made of it: for me, that was something so different from everything I knew about Bach that I became almost obsessed with the piece. I wanted very much to be part of it. I thought a string trio would be a suitable combination and I started it as a pleasurable exercise for myself. I spent two months between tours and concerts arranging it, probably the most joyous two months I’ve ever spent with Bach. But now it’s taken on a life of its own: it’s become almost standard repertoire for string trios, and even a ballet was staged to it. I remember holding the score in my hand back in 1985, “Goldberg Variations for String Trio” published by Doblinger and the recording of it on Orfeo – it was something I’d done as a hobby and all of a sudden there it was! 

That’s the wonderful thing about transcriptions: once you have finished it, your work is done. Being a performer, every concert is like a rehearsal for the next concert and it’s always a learning process. It gave me a serious impetus to do some more, and since I formed my chamber orchestra, I’ve done something around 50 transcriptions. I love transcribing; that’s really my hobby.’

Tracklist

1.
ARIA
04:23
2.
VARIATIO I
02:02
3.
VARIATIO II
02:14
4.
VARIATIO III Canone all Unisono
02:31
5.
VARIATIO IV
01:13
6.
VARIATIO V
01:32
7.
VARIATIO VI Canone all Seconda
01:51
8.
VARIATIO VII Al tempo di Giga
02:11
9.
VARIATIO VIII
02:01
10.
VARIATIO IX Canone alla Terza
02:08
11.
VARIATIO X Fughetta
01:36
12.
VARIATIO XI
02:04
13.
VARIATIO XII Canone alla Quarta
02:17
14.
VARIATIO XIII
05:14
15.
VARIATIO XIV
02:23
16.
VARIATIO XV Canone alla Quinta
04:45
17.
VARIATIO XVI Ouverture
03:15
18.
VARIATIO XVII
02:11
19.
VARIATIO XVIII Canone alla Sesta
01:36
20.
VARIATIO XIX
02:28
21.
VARIATIO XX
02:04
22.
VARIATIO XXI Canone alla Settima
02:55
23.
VARIATIO XXII
01:22
24.
VARIATIO XXIII
02:12
25.
VARIATIO XXIV Canone all Ottava
02:18
26.
VARIATIO XXV Adagio
08:12
27.
VARIATIO XXVI
02:06
28.
VARIATIO XXVII Canone alla Nona
02:15
29.
VARIATIO XXVIII
02:02
30.
VARIATIO XXIX
02:26
31.
VARIATIO XXX Quodlibet
01:42
32.
Aria da Capo
04:17

Total time: 01:23:46

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Composers

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Producer

Hubert Koekenberg

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

Singel Church, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

SKU

BNP1701

Release Date December 12, 2018
SKU BNP1701

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