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Should the anecdote be true that J.S. Bach actually composed the "Goldberg Variations" as a sleeping aid for a noble man, then Evgeni Koroliov, born 1949 in Moscow and known as an extraordinary phenomenon on the international scene, must have succumbed to a misapprehension. The further he delved into the variation-suite of this colossal opus, the more wide-eyed the audience became. Koroliov’s performances of Bach’s music usually arouse great excitement and his rendering of Bach’s famous 30 variations is no exception. Koroliov is a consummate artist and he captivates his listeners with an enormous spiritual understanding of the works he performs and in whose service he sets the wide range of his artistic and interpretive abilities.
It is the constant switch between tension and relaxation in dynamic and tempo and the breathtaking intensity of his interpretation that produces dramaturgic understandings of the inner order of Bach’s famous composition in the listener. The work, which was printed in 1741 as „Clavierübung IV. Teil“ was later named after Bach’s 14-year-old pupil, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg. Evgenij Koroliov was even younger when he discovered Bach – he heard Glenn Gould in Moscow in 1957 and was influenced by the legendary Russian pianists Maria Judina and Svjatoslav Richter. In the 1960s and 70s he won important piano competitions ranging from the “Bachwettbewerb Leipzig” and the “Van Cliburn Competition” to the “Grand Prix Clara Haskil”. In cooperation with the Bachfest Leipzig, EuroArts was able to convince the reclusive pianist - who is still best known in specialist circles - to produce this recording of an exiting recital in summer 2008. To listen to Evgenij Koroliov’s Goldberg Variations is to truly experience a famous yet demanding and certainly immensely important work by J.S. Bach.
Region: 0 (all)
Picture Format: NTSC 16:9
Sound: PCM-STEREO, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Works on This Recording
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Yevgeny Koroliov (Piano)
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany
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