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Bach: Goldberg Variations / Rachlin, Imai, Maisky


Release Date: 04/10/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000824802   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nobuko ImaiMischa MaiskyJulian Rachlin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Of all the many arrangements/transcriptions that have been made of Bach's Goldberg Variations, Sitkovetsky's version for string trio is perhaps the most logical, sensible, and musically satisfying. The familial timbres of violin, viola, and cello assure a consistently agreeable ensemble sound that holds up well over the course of 30 variations, yet the instruments are different enough that important individual lines are easily distinguishable to the ear. Technically, these three instruments can relatively easily satisfy all the work's demands regarding range, textural variety, ornamentation, and expression, and Sitkovetsky invariably finds elegant solutions to creating divisions of labor among the three instruments that sound seamless and Read more unified.

Cellist Mischa Maisky performed on the 1984 Orfeo recording (released in 1985) with Sitkovetsky and violist Gérard Caussé, and that reading retains a warmth of sound and conveys a directness of style and ensemble rapport that's just slightly less apparent in this new performance. And yet, the two versions are more similar than they are different, not least of which regards the strength and confidence of the playing and the refusal to overplay or in any way subvert the music's inherent clarity and "simplicity".

For some listeners, the most important difference will be the fact that in his own performance Sitkovetsky doesn't take all of the repeats, thus the Orfeo recording times at 56 minutes as opposed to this new disc's 80. For me, the shorter rendition makes a tight, well-paced, fully satisfying interpretation, and as mentioned, the performances are unbeatable. However, if you're interested in the full effect of Bach's work (not to mention completeness), including all of the first and second endings, presented in the larger structural context of the original, you shouldn't miss Rachlin, Imai, and Maisky's consistently compelling, tonally vibrant reading. The recording perspective is fairly close (you occasionally hear a vocal sound from one of the performers), but it's right for this music, serving to enhance our awareness of the dynamic interaction among the players. Recommended!

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nobuko Imai (Viola), Mischa Maisky (Cello), Julian Rachlin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 

Sound Samples

Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Aria
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 1 a 1 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 2 a 1 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 3 Canone all'Unisono a 1 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 4 a 1 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 6 Canone alla Seconda a 1 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 8 a 2 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 9 Canone alla Terza a 1 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 10 Fughetta a 1 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 11 a 2 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 12 Canone alla Quarta
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 13 a 2 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 14 a 2 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 15 Canone alla Quinta in moto contrario
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 16 Ouverture a 1 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 17 a 2 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 18 Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 19 a 1 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 20 a 2 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 21 Canone alla Settima
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 22 Alla breve a 1 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 23 a 2 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 24 Canone all'Ottava a 1 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 25 a 2 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 26 a 2 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 27 Canone alla Nona
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 28 a 2 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Var. 30 Quodlibet a 1 Clav.
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Aria - Da Capo

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