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Bach: Goldberg Variations / Dershavina


Release Date: 05/13/2008 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 340110   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although Murray Perahia, Glenn Gould, and András Schiff rightly dominate among critically favored piano recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Ekaterina Dershavina’s 1994 version is no less worthy of reference consideration, especially at budget price. Her playing possesses keen contrapuntal acumen, rhythmic vitality, and intelligent scaling of dynamics. She chooses well-unified tempos from one variation to the next that are buoyant yet never feel too fast for either playing or listening comfort, while embellishing repeats with taste and discretion (Dershavina observes all repeats, save for the Aria da capo). Articulation is clear and thoughtfully varied, and never resorts to eccentricity nor the kind of voicings that draw more Read more attention to the pianist than to the music.

For example, the variations originally written for two manuals involve intricate hand crossings, and many younger pianists treat them as stunts or Olympic events. Not Dershavina. Her fast tempos allow the notes to take wing by way of supple, melodically pointed phrasing and balances between the hands that make you forget that a fabulous finger technique is operating. Listen to Variation 17 in our first sound sample, and you’ll notice Dershavina’s steady yet flexible tempo, subtle inflections, and beautifully turned ornaments.

While Dershavina largely avoids the sustain pedal, she brings it in for momentary coloration of legato lines and for enhancing expression. She also is a master of differentiating sustained and detached part-writing for optimum musical means. The second sound sample demonstrates this most cogently at the outset of Variation 15, the minor-key canon at the fifth, where the short left-hand notes and legato canon lines evoke two wind instruments supported by a pizzicato cello. Granted, we might miss some of Gould’s driving intensity, Perahia’s tonal warmth, or Hewitt’s stylish grandiosity in Variation 29’s toccata-like patterns. Yet Dershavina’s mindful, shapely, intimately scaled, and wonderfully alive Bach pianism will continue to satisfy years after you acquire this highly distinctive Goldberg Variations.

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

1.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Theme "Aria" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
2.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
3.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
4.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
5.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 4 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
6.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 5 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
7.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 6 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
8.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 7 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
9.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 8 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
10.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 9 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
11.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 10 "Fughetta" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
12.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 11 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
13.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 12 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
14.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 13 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
15.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 14 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
16.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 15 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
17.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 16 "Ouverture" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
18.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 17 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
19.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 18 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
20.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 19 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
21.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 20 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
22.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 21 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
23.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 22 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
24.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 23 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
25.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 24 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
26.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 25 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
27.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 26 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
28.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 27 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
29.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 28 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
30.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 29 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
31.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation no 30 "Quodlibet" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742). 
32.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ekaterina Dershavina (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 

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