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Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 / András Schiff


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 417116   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Schiff’s playing is notable for its rhythmic flexibility and for the clarity it brings to Bach’s contrapuntal textures. His manner is sensitive, genial, and graceful – and while he occasionally has a tendency to be pretty where Glenn Gould would be piquant, he can also be remarkably insightful. He brings spontaneity and animation to the faster variations, compelling directness to the slower ones, and offers a performance of exceptional beauty and spirituality overall. The recording, made in London’s Kingsway Hall in December of 1982, is excellent, and comes with excellent notes by George Malcolm. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Schiff’s playing is notable for its rhythmic flexibility and for the clarity it brings to Bach’s contrapuntal textures. His manner is sensitive, genial, and graceful – and while he occasionally has a tendency to be pretty where Glenn Gould would be piquant, he can also be remarkably insightful. He brings spontaneity and animation to the faster variations, compelling directness to the slower ones, and offers a performance of exceptional beauty and spirituality overall. The recording, made in London’s Kingsway Hall in December of 1982, is excellent, and comes with excellent notes by George Malcolm. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 

Sound Samples

Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations": Aria - Variations 1-5
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations": Variations 6-10
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations": Variations 11-15
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations": Variations 16-20
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations": Variations 21-25
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations": Variations 26-30 - Aria

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