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Bach: Goldberg Variations / Gould, Britten Sinfonia

Bach,J.s. / Britten Sinfonia / Gould,Thomas
Release Date: 03/10/2015 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 807633  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Thomas Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.



Sitkovetsky’s Goldberg transcription really illuminates the inventiveness in Bach’s music, not least when played as superbly as it is here.

– Gramophone [4/2015]

Britten Sinfonia’s Associate Leader, Thomas Gould, directs this program centered on Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s beautifully realized and heartfelt arrangement for strings of Bach’s great keyboard work.
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.



Sitkovetsky’s Goldberg transcription really illuminates the inventiveness in Bach’s music, not least when played as superbly as it is here.

– Gramophone [4/2015]

Britten Sinfonia’s Associate Leader, Thomas Gould, directs this program centered on Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s beautifully realized and heartfelt arrangement for strings of Bach’s great keyboard work. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Thomas Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Dmitry Sitkovetsky 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 nothing particularly insightful November 12, 2015 By William S. (Renton, WA) See All My Reviews "I can't help but be reminded of William Malloch's orchestration of Bach's "Art of Fuguing" (conducted by Lucas Foss on Sheffield). It revealed AoF as music, rather than a dry intellectual exercise. (If you don't have a copy, get one.) BBBBB The problem with Sitkovetsky's arrangement of the Goldbergs for strings is that it serves no similar purpose. The Goldbergs are not generally considered abstruse. There are plenty of good performances (my favorite being Perahia and Pinnock). BBBBB Even so, I wouldn't be griping if this were merely an engaging performance. But most of it is played at an unvarying tempo -- and worse, without insight. BBBBB The Goldbergs aren't just a string of independent variations. They start somewhere, go somewhere, and end somewhere. Neither the transcription nor the conducting seem to have any idea of what these somewheres are, or where they're located. BBBBB A major disappointment." Report Abuse
 Bach revisited June 24, 2015 By Albert Simon (St-Mathias-sur-Richelieu, QC) See All My Reviews "Listening to this superb recording was almost like discovering a Bach composition for the first time. Well known themes appeared with unexpected detail, layers of strings providing a depth that surprised me, often adding a haunting beauty. You might miss the subtlety of Gould's meditative touch on the keyboard as in his last recording, but I didn't mind. It was the same landscape, yes, but in a different season." Report Abuse
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