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Bach: Goldberg Variations & Aria variata / Guglielmin


Release Date: 11/17/2017 
Label:  Onclassical   Catalog #: 17111  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elisabetta Guglielmin
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bach's monumental Aria and Thirty Variations in G Major, BWV 988, commonly known as Goldberg Variations, are presented on this release alongside two shorter works by the composer - Aria variata alla maniera italiana in A Minor, BWV 989, and the partially completed Aria and Variations in C Minor, BWV 991, in the version completed by harpsichordist Alessandro Simonetto. Together, the three sets trace Bach's experience with the genre of the variations throughout the span of his compositional career: the virtuosic Aria variata alla maniera italiana is a relatively early work, from 1709; the fragment of what promised to be a complex set of variations in C minor, catalogued as BWV 991, is found in Anna Magdalena Bach's Notebook, which was Read more compiled in 1722; and the Goldberg Variations, one of the pinnacles of the keyboard literature and possibly one of greatest artistic manifestations of the human spirit, were first published in 1741. Described by Kenneth Gilbert as "a very talented harpsichordist, currently playing a most interesting and meritorious musical role," Elisabetta Guglielmin hails from Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, and has recently recorded the complete works for harpsichord by Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elisabetta Guglielmin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
2.
Aria Variata in a, BWV 989 "In the Italian Style" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elisabetta Guglielmin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1714; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Air and Variations for Keyboard in C minor, BWV 991 [fragment] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elisabetta Guglielmin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Notes: Completed by A. Simonetto 

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