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BACH. Goldberg Variations. Egarr AUS-Import

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  • Audio CD (March 14 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: AUS-Import
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000ECXBN2
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Disc: 1
1. Aria
2. Variatio 1 - A 1 Clav.
3. Variatio 2
4. Variatio 3 - Canone All'Unisuono
5. Variatio 4
6. Variatio 5 - A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
7. Variatio 6 - Canone Alla Seconda
8. Variatio 7 - A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav. Al Tempo Di Giga
9. Variatio 8 - A 2 Clav.
10. Variatio 9 - Canone Alla Terza
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Variatio 16 - Ouverture
2. Variatio 17 - A 2 Clav.
3. Variatio 18 - Canone Alla Sesta
4. Variatio 19
5. Variatio 20 - A 2 Clav.
6. Variatio 21 - Canone Alla Settima
7. Variatio 22 - Alla Breve
8. Variatio 23 - A 2 Clav.
9. Variatio 24 - Canone All'Ottava
10. Variatio 25 - A 2 Clav., Adagio
See all 30 tracks on this disc

Product Description

L'intégrale des Variations Goldberg – l'apogée des compositions pour clavier de J.S. Bach – est interprétée ici sur un clavecin d'après Ruckers, pourvu de becs de plumes, et accordé selon un tempérament qui pourrait bien être celui du maître. En complément : les 14 canons Goldberg, rarement joués et peu connus.
Richard Egarr joue sur un clavecin de Joel Katzman, Amsterdam, 1991, d'après Ruckers, Anvers, 1638.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Goldberg Variations to challenge the best. Oct. 25 2006
By Ludovico Ladislaus Ivan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For Johann Sebastian Bach the Goldberg Variations were merely a keyboard "practice-piece". Composed for Johann Gottlieb Theophilus Goldberg to play on the harpsichord, this Bach composition consists of an aria, 32 bars lengh followed by 30 variations, at the end of which the aria is repeated.

However, this work demands the kind of virtuoso skills to strike fear in the heart of any virtuoso performer. Dexterity, speed, lightness of touch, dazzling independent fingerwork, in few words an absolutely and deeply felt musicianship.

English keyboardist Richard Egarr plays an excellent harpsichord ( a copy after Ruckers, Antwerp 1638. ), adjusted to match certain speculation about Bach's preferred system of tuned, the tuning pitch A=409, according to Bach required to obtain " a true cantabile " using in this occasion a seagull feather instead of a piece of plastic to pluck the strings.

Egarr delivers a wholehearted performance, taking the listener to the murky side of this enigmatic work, revealing a distinguised playing inspired completely in Bach the composer, not Egarr the performer.

Bach's music lovers will find additional interest in this recording, for the inclusion of the rare Goldberg Canons BWV 1087 discovered in 1974. This work makes a valuable contribution to the vast Bach's discography.

I have no reservations in recommending this excellent survey, not only for the scholarship, but also for its deeply felt musicianship.
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Variation on the Goldberg Variations March 14 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Goldberg Variations' have been an enduring classic and for good reason. The work is technically demanding, extraordinarily beautiful, and is some of the purest music to come form Bach's fertile mind. The work has long been a challenge to performers, yet despite that fact there are many recordings of the work played on both harpsichord and piano. Some of the giants who have made this ninety some minute work seem like a conversation with the heavens are, of course, Glenn Gould in his various recordings, Murray Peraiha, Alexis Weissenberg, Andras Schiff and Rosalyn Turek...and there are others.

Now there is a new contender for these ranks of great performances in this splendid recording by harpsichordist Richard Egarr. Egarr is a purist and has tuned his instrument in the half tone manner compatible with the method of tuning in Bach's day. He is an immaculate technician, negotiating all of the treacherous variations with utter ease but also finding the sublimely gentle melodies in others. True, with the Goldberg Variations as played on the harpsichord there is not the range of dynamics or even expressiveness that is available to the performer of this work on the much later developed piano or even pianoforte. Those who treasure Gould's definitive performances will miss the poetry, the pedaling, the swooning - and the audible accompanying singing from the keyboardist!

But set aside the piano version of this Bach masterpiece and allow Richard Egarr to transport you back to the time of the creation of the work. It is a mesmerizing experience. Egarr's 2 CD set includes the seldom heard 'Verschiedene Canones (14), for unspecified instruments or keyboard, BWV 1087' which, though a mere 8 minutes in length is yet another otherworldly exploration of Bach.

Many scholars will write prolifically about the response to the particular tuning aspects of the harpsichord used by Richard Egarr, and that will prove an interesting debate. But for the less scientifically audience this recording is a viable, no splendid!, variation of Bach's timeless Goldberg Variations. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, March 06
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Goldbergs Jan. 19 2013
By Sid Nuncius - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a very good interpretation of the Goldberg Variations indeed. The music is one of Bach's very greatest keyboard compositions, full of melody, invention, variety and harmonic genius. It remains one of the greatest of keyboard works, well over three and a half centuries after it was composed.

Richard Egarr does it proud. He is now well established as one of the world's leading harpsichord players with a deep understanding of the music, fabulous technique and compete mastery of his instrument. He plays with minimal rubato, but sufficient to bring out the meaning in Bach's phrasing. Just occasionally he adopts a slightly halting gait (noticeable in variations 1 and 5, for example) which I'm not that keen on, but it was never intrusive enough to interfere with my enjoyment. It's a lovely interpretation.

Harpsichord music isn't always easy to listen to at length, but I never tire of it here. The sound of the harpsichord is simply wonderful - full, ringing and rich but never overbearing - and it is superbly recorded. There are many very fine recordings of this work, but for a harpsichord version I don't think you can do better than this one, which is really saying something in the face of terrific versions by people like Trevor Pinnock, Christope Rousset and Gustav Leonhardt. Very warmly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Driving, uplifting, involving. May 6 2016
By 3rd Day Believer - Published on
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Real zingy! Look, nobody actually buys a classical CD based on what I say--I have no delusions on that count. But often the harpsichord can just sound tedious. Egarr gets a superb, ringing tone from his, and draws you in completely. I remember in days of old we used to hear how "mathematical" Bach is. There's no question: An instrument like the harpsichord brings that out more than the pianoforte. But Egarr also makes the instrument sing. Very beautiful, and a first recommendation for this music with harpsichord, if fine recorded sound is also important to you.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless playing! Feb. 8 2013
By C. Thomas Work - Published on
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This is a superb recording with some welcome surprises on the second disc. The performance is technically well done with outstanding musicianship.