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Bach: Goldberg Variations / Gustav Leonhardt

Release Date: 03/23/2004 
Label:  Vanguard   Catalog #: 1281   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Can it be that this wonderful performance is 51 years old? As remastered here, it sounds as fresh as many more modern recordings, and its musical virtues haven't dimmed a bit. Gustav Leonhardt's bright-toned harpsichord lends his musically sturdy and always characterful interpretation unusual clarity of texture, and this pays huge dividends in the canons, which never sound studied and are remarkably easy to follow. There are times when I wish that Leonhardt had been more generous with repeats, as with Variation 14, for example, but I frankly prefer the anguished Variation 25 played through just once, at exactly this beautifully flowing tempo. Leonhardt really cuts loose in final group and finishes with a robust Quodlibet full of hearty Read more humor and good spirits. The fact that the sound is mono really isn't important, though Artemis should have had the courtesy to identify it as such. If you love this work and haven't heard this performance, then you are missing something as important in its way as was Glenn Gould's famous first recording made a few years later.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1953 
Venue:  Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 54 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 

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