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Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 / Alpha

Release Date: 10/19/2018 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 8226210  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alpha
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These Goldberg Variations present new perspectives on a well-known score. Danish composer Peter Navarro-Alonso's composition is a note-by-note reinvention of the original Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach. Thus Alpha's innovative performance adds no additional notes in comparison to the original. It is merely through the very creative and extreme orchestration that the new composition gains its own life. “The combination of recorder, saxophone and percussion is clearly not very well suited to a baroque-style reorchestration,” claims Peter Navarro-Alonso, responsible for this arrangement tailor made for the members of Alpha. “But the richness in that combination lies in its enormous diversity in timbre and dynamics.” Alpha is a unique Danish Read more ensemble, founded by Bolette Roed, Peter Navarro-Alonso, and David Hildebrandt, who all graduated from the soloist class at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen. As early as 2003, they were the first to explore this instrument combination, attracted by its many possibilities. Alpha was an immediate success, and have been prize-winners at contests and festivals all over Europe. Read less

Works on This Recording

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alpha
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 

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