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Bach: Goldberg Variations & Its Predecessors / Armstrong

Release Date: 07/28/2017 
Label:  C Major   Catalog #: 741608  
Composer:  William ByrdJan Pieterszoon SweelinckJohn BullJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kit Armstrong
Number of Discs: 1 
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When Kit Armstrong was only 14 , he overcame his mentor Alfred Brendel's reluctance to take on pupils. Brendel said ''He played so beautifully that I thought to myself, 'I have to make time for him.' It was a performance that really led you from the first to the last note.'' Soon Armstrong was winning international prizes both as pianist and as composer and was appearing as soloist at some of the world's foremost venues. At the Concertgebouw, Armstrong mesmerized his audience with Bach's monumental Goldberg Variations - preceded by earlier polyphonic variation masterpieces by William Byrd, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and John Bull.
Read more /> ''Enlightening and exhilarating'' (Revierpassagen).

''Armstrong's phenomenal recital was so exceptional that every attempt to describe it falls short'' (NRC).

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Works on This Recording

Hugh Aston's Ground, MB 20 by William Byrd
Performer:  Kit Armstrong (Piano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Mein junges Leben hat ein End, variations for keyboard, SwWV 324 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Kit Armstrong (Piano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Kit Armstrong (Piano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Walsingham by John Bull
Performer:  Kit Armstrong (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kit Armstrong (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 

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