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Bach: Goldberg Variations / Elena Barshai


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93765   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elena Barshai
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you want to hear Bach's Goldberg Variations on the organ, Elena Barshai's recording is the most artistically and stylistically viable edition available. Her crisp articulation and buoyant (though never rushed) tempos are matched by the Metzler organ's brightly lit registrations captured in a vivid and clear multi-track recording. As a result, the rapid passagework in the cross-handed variations rarely if ever blurs. The playing is direct and relatively unadorned when compared to artists who relish ornamentation upon repeats. Although Barshai doesn't relate the variations through a common pulse or go directly from one into the next, a sense of continuity and unity nevertheless emerges. A most enjoyable release, and the price can't be Read more beat.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elena Barshai (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 70 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 

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