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Bach: Goldberg Variations / Esfahani


Release Date: 08/26/2016 
Label:  Dg Deutsche Grammophon Catalog #: 002537902   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani approaches one of the greatest masterpieces of the Baroque repertoire with fresh eyes: Bach’s Goldberg Variations. This album follows Esfahani’s debut release on Deutsche Grammophon, which was described as “Exhaustingly brilliant” by The New York Times.


Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani approaches one of the greatest masterpieces of the Baroque repertoire with fresh eyes: Bach’s Goldberg Variations. This album follows Esfahani’s debut release on Deutsche Grammophon, which was described as “Exhaustingly brilliant” by The New York Times. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mahan Esfahani (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 disappointing September 14, 2016 By William S. (Renton, WA) See All My Reviews "Mahan Esfahani's performance of the Goldbergs makes a strong case for performing it on a percussion instrument (the clavichord or some form of piano). >>> The harpsichord has a narrow dynamic range, so this element of interpretive expressivity isn't available, and Esfahani doesn't find a suitable substitute. Almost the entire work is taken at a fairly fast and unvarying tempo, without the sort of imaginative phrasing one expects. Only in variations 25 and 30 does he reveal interpretive insight that, applied to the rest of the work, could have resulted in a great performance. It doesn't help that there's little sense of the work "building" toward its end. >>> My memory of Trevor Pinnock's harpsichord Goldbergs is that it was more successful, but I can't find the disk. The clavichord was supposedly JSB's favorite instrument.&nl; I strongly recommend Richard Troeger's four disks of clavichord performances. Unfortunately, they do not include the Goldbergs." Report Abuse
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