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Goldberg: Beyond the Variations / Schwartz, Rebel


Release Date: 11/08/2016 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9478   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Gottlieb Goldberg
Performer:  Dongsok ShinKaren Marie MarmerJorg-Michael SchwarzJohn Moran,   ... 
Conductor:  Karen Marie MarmerJorg-Michael Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rebel (Baroque Ensemble)
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Johann Gottlieb Goldberg was a talented young musician who most likely studied with Bach and his son, W. F. Bach. While Goldberg was indeed a talented performer, his achievements as a composer were modest. The five chamber sonatas on this release, although tending toward conventional forms, show his knack for vigorous counterpoint and expressive harmonies is readily apparent. If these sonatas appeal to modern listeners, credit is due to the performers, who play them with refinement and energy, and give them the liveliness and freshness that make the performances memorable.

– All Music Guide (Blair Sanderson
Johann Gottlieb Goldberg was a talented young musician who most likely studied with Bach and his son, W. F. Bach. While Goldberg was indeed a talented performer, his achievements as a composer were modest. The five chamber sonatas on this release, although tending toward conventional forms, show his knack for vigorous counterpoint and expressive harmonies is readily apparent. If these sonatas appeal to modern listeners, credit is due to the performers, who play them with refinement and energy, and give them the liveliness and freshness that make the performances memorable.

– All Music Guide (Blair Sanderson Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in B flat major by Johann Gottlieb Goldberg
Performer:  Dongsok Shin (Harpsichord), Karen Marie Marmer (Violin), Jorg-Michael Schwarz (Violin),
John Moran (Cello)
Conductor:  Karen Marie Marmer,  Jorg-Michael Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rebel (Baroque Ensemble)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Wilton, CT 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor by Johann Gottlieb Goldberg
Performer:  Dongsok Shin (Harpsichord), Karen Marie Marmer (Violin), Jorg-Michael Schwarz (Violin),
John Moran (Cello)
Conductor:  Karen Marie Marmer,  Jorg-Michael Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rebel (Baroque Ensemble)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Wilton, CT 
Length: 11 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for 2 violins, viola & continuo in C minor by Johann Gottlieb Goldberg
Performer:  Dongsok Shin (Harpsichord), Karen Marie Marmer (Violin), Risa Browder (Viola),
Jorg-Michael Schwarz (Violin), John Moran (Cello)
Conductor:  Karen Marie Marmer,  Jorg-Michael Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rebel (Baroque Ensemble)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Wilton, CT 
Length: 12 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in A minor by Johann Gottlieb Goldberg
Performer:  Dongsok Shin (Harpsichord), Karen Marie Marmer (Violin), Jorg-Michael Schwarz (Violin),
John Moran (Cello)
Conductor:  Karen Marie Marmer,  Jorg-Michael Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rebel (Baroque Ensemble)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Wilton, CT 
Length: 13 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in C major (formerly attirbuted to Bach, BWV 1037) by Johann Gottlieb Goldberg
Performer:  Dongsok Shin (Harpsichord), Karen Marie Marmer (Violin), Jorg-Michael Schwarz (Violin),
John Moran (Cello)
Conductor:  Karen Marie Marmer,  Jorg-Michael Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rebel (Baroque Ensemble)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Wilton, CT 
Length: 11 Minutes 3 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Rebel delivers once again December 9, 2016 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "There here are two things I can count on with a Rebel release. First, it won't be the usual early music fare. Second, it will have performances that command my attention. "Johann Gottlieb Goldberg: Beyond the Variations" runs true to form. There's a story behind that title. Johann Gottlieb Goldberg is indeed the Goldberg of Bach's Aria with 30 Variations, BWV 998. While the story of Goldberg's involvement with the creation and performance of the "Goldberg" Variations might be questionable, scholars agree there's a strong connection between Goldberg and Bach. Johann Gottlieb Goldberg was a virtuoso keyboardist as well as a composer (and only 14 when Bach composed the variations). He did study with JS Bach, and later his eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann. Like that of W.F. Bach, Goldberg's music looks back to the baroque rather than forward to the classical. Especially impressive in this set of sonatas is Goldberg's use of counterpoint -- he learned well from his mentors. And while his style resembles that of J.S. Bach, it's not imitative. Goldberg's melodies have a different and sometimes simpler shape to them than Bach's. Rebel infuses these works with energy, delivering enthusiastic performances. It's difficult to describe. Perhaps it was the lightness of the basso continuo playing or the way the violins dug into the trills and mordants -- I can't say precisely. But I did get the impression that these musicians were having fun with this music. And that made for a pleasurable listening experience. There are two things I can count on with a Rebel release. They were both present in this release." Report Abuse
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