Goldberg Variations

Britten Sinfonia

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

While The Musical Offering is Bach’s tribute to counterpoint and The Art of Fugue is a testament to fugue writing, the Goldberg Variations are Bach’s monument to performance practice and to the remarkable genre of variations. One of Bach’s most celebrated and revered pieces, the Goldberg Variations display not only Bach’s exceptional knowledge of the diverse styles of music of his day but also his exquisite performing techniques. On the title page of the score, Bach writes that the variations are ‘composed for connoisseurs, for the refreshment of their spirits’, but makes no mention of a dedicatee. Although the set later received the ‘Goldberg’ title, ostensibly written as a commission for the young harpsichordist Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, this dedication appears to have been fabricated by Bach’s biographer. Without more information from Bach himself, we can only speculate on the reason for the Goldbergs’ composition, but their craftsmanship, elegance and emotional power are never in doubt. In their original form for keyboard, numbering 30 variations in total, they also form one of the most challenging and ambitious series of variations in the history of Western classical music. Their difficulty stems not just from the intricate keyboard

Tracklist

1.
Goldberg Variations - Aria
03:33
2.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 1
01:51
3.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 2
01:24
4.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 3, Canone all' Unisono
02:09
5.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 4
01:00
6.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 5
01:26
7.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 6, Canone alla seconda
01:10
8.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 7, al Tempo di Giga
02:18
9.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 8
01:52
10.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 9, Canone alla Terza
01:28
11.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 10, Fugetta
01:28
12.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 11
02:01
13.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 12, Canone alla Quarta
01:54
14.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 13
03:41
15.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 14
02:06
16.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 15, Canone alla Quinta
04:31
17.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 16, Ouverture
02:54
18.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 17
02:07
19.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 18, Canone alla sesta
01:24
20.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 19
01:57
21.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 20
02:05
22.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 21, Canone alla settima
02:54
23.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 22
01:15
24.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 23
01:53
25.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 24, Canone all' ottava
02:33
26.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 25, Adagio
05:50
27.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 26
02:02
28.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 27, Canone alla nona
01:58
29.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 28
02:10
30.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 29
02:11
31.
Goldberg Variations - Variation 30, Quodlibet
01:38
32.
Goldberg Variations - Aria
03:51

Total time: 01:12:34

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Original Recording Format

Mastering Engineer

Brad Michel

Producer

Brad Michel, Matthew Bennett

Recording Engineer

Brad Michel, Matthew Bennett

Recording location

All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

SKU

807633DI

Release Date March 3, 2015
SKU 807633DI

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