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Bach: Goldberg Variations / Lars Vogt


Release Date: 08/14/2015 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1273   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lars Vogt
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Vogt bring qualities of freshness and joie de vivre to the Goldbergs that have often been much less marked. He is not reverential and he has noted – correctly, surely – how entertaining the Variations are. This is a distinguished addition to the discography of the Goldberg Variations in all their glorious elegance.

- Gramophone

Vogt's feeling for the over-arching whole is impressive. He's not above a little 'guiding' either - sometimes drawing attention to detail in a way denied to Bach's harpsichord. But he's sparing in the use of the pedal and, like Schiff and Perahia, inclined to let his fingers sing wherever possible - to laugh, too.

- BBC Music Magazine
Vogt bring qualities of freshness and joie de vivre to the Goldbergs that have often been much less marked. He is not reverential and he has noted – correctly, surely – how entertaining the Variations are. This is a distinguished addition to the discography of the Goldberg Variations in all their glorious elegance.

- Gramophone

Vogt's feeling for the over-arching whole is impressive. He's not above a little 'guiding' either - sometimes drawing attention to detail in a way denied to Bach's harpsichord. But he's sparing in the use of the pedal and, like Schiff and Perahia, inclined to let his fingers sing wherever possible - to laugh, too.

- BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lars Vogt (), Lars Vogt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Venue:  Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Köln, G 
Length: 70 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Wonderful and satisfying interpretation of Bach’s October 7, 2015 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "Taking on the task of performing, let alone recording, this set of 30 variations on what initially seems like such a simple melody, is most certainly not a task for the timid. And being open to new interpretations after being repeatedly awestruck by Glenn Gould’s famous performance and the more recent work of Jeremy Denk was very difficult for me. With this recording, I resolved to listen to it several times before truly forming an opinion, and I am pleased to say that I *really* like Mr. Vogt’s sensitive and organic feeling work very much. It goes without saying that that the virtuoso requirements of the work are extreme indeed, and I feel that to be the case particularly in the slower and softer sections, where the slightest passing of a note too quickly or the holding of a sonority just that instant too long would be noticeable in the extreme. But herein, Mr. Vogt lets Bach’s sonic landscape speak for itself, absorbing into the heart and the head in a the unique way that only Bach achieves this way. It is clear that Lars Vogt not only cares about bringing this unique music to life, but that he respects it and the composer as well in a very special and reverent way. And you can hear that in the performance. The liner notes consist of a several page interview with Mr. Vogt, and it is educational and enjoyable reading indeed. The quality of the recording is excellent, and while nothing can replace the experience of seeing this music performed in person, this CD is a treat. Very highly recommended!" Report Abuse
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