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Bach: Variations on Variations / Alessandrini


Release Date: 11/03/2017 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30575  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The programme of this recording is composed of works that adopt the variation as the generating principle of the music. The artists’ ‘variations’ on them modify the image and sonority of the works, originally conceived for harpsichord, pedal harpsichord and organ. The varying styles of the original pieces make it possible to adapt them using different instrumental scorings. What you will hear makes no pretense at orthodoxy. It is, rather, a divertissement, a subtle intellectual pleasure, which the ensemble experienced during the first year it took for the project to come to gestation and realization. The result offers an opportunity to listen in a new way to the polyphony of the Goldberg Variations (and the rest of the programme) with the Read more help of the rich timbres of a group of strings, which isolate the individual lines and at the same time recreate the contrapuntal unity of these pieces, underlining once more their extraordinary wealth of invention. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582: Passacaglia by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: Arnstadt, Germany 
2.
Aria Variata in a, BWV 989 "In the Italian Style" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1714; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Canzona in d, BWV 588 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rinaldo Alessandrini (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 

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