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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). 

Sound Samples

Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3: Canon at the unison
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6: Canon at the second
Variation 7
Variation 8
Variation 9: Canon at the third
Variation 10
Variation 11
Variation 12: Canon at the fourth
Variation 13
Variation 14
Variation 15: Canon at the fifth
Variation 16: Overture
Variation 17
Variation 18: Canon at the sixth
Variation 19
Variation 20
Variation 21: Canon at the seventh
Variation 22
Variation 23
Variation 24: Canon at the octave
Variation 25
Variation 26
Variation 27: Canon at the ninth
Variation 28
Variation 29
Variation 30: Quodlibet

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