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Bach: Goldberg Variations / Canadian Brass

Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63610   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jens LindemannChristopher CooperCharles DaellenbachEugene Watts,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Non-keyboardists increasingly lay claim to Bach's Goldberg Variations on disc, from string trios and cimbalom duos, to guitar renditions and synthesizer blowouts. The challenge to both performers and arrangers is to render Bach's keyboard-specific textures with results that are technically plausible and musically convincing. A brass quintet arrangement by Arthur Frackenpohl, newly recorded by the Canadian Brass, succeeds on both counts--for the most part. The slower variations acquire an attractive ceremonial dimension in this medium, benefiting from a brass player's ability to change dynamics on a single note (which of course you can't do on piano or harpsichord). I also like how the double keyboard cross-handed variations are deployed to Read more splendid antiphonal effect although the neccesarily slower tempos weaken Bach's original bravura intentions. Repeats are observed in each half of the opening Aria and a few select "A" sections elsewhere. "A" and "B" section da capos are respectively assigned to higher and lower instruments. The Canadian Brass achieve a blend that's akin to the dark smoothness of aged Scotch whisky, purring out rounded legato lines in which no breath seems to transpire. An electric blanket of resonance reinforces the ensemble's slick perfectionism, which probably will appeal more to brass fanciers than Bach lovers.

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

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jens Lindemann (Piccolo Trumpet), Christopher Cooper (French Horn), Charles Daellenbach (Tuba),
Jens Lindemann (Trumpet), Eugene Watts (Euphonium), Ronald Romm (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Humbercrest Church, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 87 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Arthur Frackenpohl
Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 

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