J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (Pure DSD)

László Borbély

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This is a Direct to Stereo DSD 256 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations performed by pianist Laszlo Borberly from Hunnia Records.  It is the first of their My Reel Club series.  The album was also recorded to Analog Tape and is available in Vinyl LP format from NativeDSD in addition to DSD Downloads.

Goldberg Variations is a Pure DSD release at NativeDSD.  It is available in Stereo DSD 64, DSD 128, DSD 256, and DSD 512. The DSD 64, DSD 128, and DSD 512 editions of the album were created by NativeDSD Mastering Engineer Tom Caulfield using Signalyst’s HQ Player Pro 4 Mastering Software.

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 utilizing the technical possibilities of the two-manual harpsichord and are difficult 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 played these movements for the sleepless Count at some time.

Laszlo Borberly – Piano

Tracklist

1.
Aria
04:25
2.
Variation 1 A 1 Clav.
02:06
3.
Variation 2 A 1 Clav.
01:28
4.
Variation 3 A 1 Clav. Canone All' Unisuono
02:08
5.
Variation 4 A 1 Clav.
01:08
6.
Variation 5 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
01:40
7.
Variation 6 A 1 Clav. Canone Alla Seconda
01:24
8.
Variation 7 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
01:55
9.
Variation 8 A 2 Clav.
02:08
10.
Variation 9 A 1 Clav. Canone Alla Terza
02:12
11.
Variation 10 A 1 Clav. Fughetta
01:58
12.
Variation 11 A 2 Clav.
02:00
13.
Variation 12 Canone Alla Quarta
02:51
14.
Variation 13 A 2 Clav.
05:54
15.
Variation 14 A 2 Clav.
02:19
16.
Variation 15 A 1 Clav. Canone Alla Quinta. Andante
05:58
17.
Variation 16 Ouverture A 1 Clav.
02:49
18.
Variation 17 A 2 Clav.
01:54
19.
Variation 18 A 1 Clav. Canone Alla Sesta
02:07
20.
Variation 19 A 1 Clav.
01:29
21.
Variation 20 A 2 Clav.
02:04
22.
Variation 21 Canone Alla Settima
02:57
23.
Variation 22 A 1 Clav. Alla Breve
01:40
24.
Variation 23 A 2 Clav.
02:12
25.
Variation 24 A 1 Clav. Canone All' Ottova
02:17
26.
Variation 25 A 2 Clav.
10:00
27.
Variation 26 A 2 Clav.
02:12
28.
Variation 27 A 2 Clav. Canone Alla Nona
01:59
29.
Variation 28 A 2 Clav.
02:08
30.
Variation 29 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
02:33
31.
Variation 30 A 1 Clav. Quodlibet
01:46
32.
Aria Da Capo
04:25

Total time: 01:26:06

Additional information

Label

SKU

MRC1901

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Channels

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Cables

Wireworld Micro-Silver Platinum OCC

Digital Converters

Hapi, Merging Technologies

Microphone Preamp

API 3124+

Microphones

DPA 4007 Stereo pairs

Original Recording Format

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

Release Date November 15, 2019

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