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Denhoff: Bach Variations, Op. 114 / Wollenweber

Release Date: 01/05/2018 
Label:  Cybele Records   Catalog #: 61702  
Composer:  Michael Denhoff
Performer:  Birgitta Wollenweber
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“ I believe that great music always has a spiritual context,” according to Michael Denhoff. His statement is not a direct reference to Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), though of course he places Bach in the highest echelon. Bach’s music is indisputably “great“, and he himself always confirmed that he composed in order to praise God. In the process he wrote a number of works that rise so far above the repertoire and formal canon of their time that they are rightly regarded as “timeless“ – “timeless“ not in terms of formal and technical details, but rather in their overall appearance. Examples include the Goldberg Variations (BWV 988), the Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) and the Six Suites for Violoncello Solo (BWV 1007–1012). Michael Denhoff: When Read more I heard the final recording of the Goldberg Variations by Glenn Gould, a wish grew inside me to create something comparably amazing and comprehensive ... someday ... but at the time, in 1981, I was 26 and not yet mature enough for such an ambitious undertaking. Only now, and quite hesitantly – and wracked with self-doubt – have I felt qualified for the task, but with 28 variations I intended to remain “modest“ behind Bach. Even so, it grew to contain 30 variations, since the theme adds a bass line and thus itself becomes a variation; the concluding repeat of the Sarabande, similar to Bach’s Aria in the Goldberg Variations, is a further variation; indeed, Bach’s exact sequence of notes appears, but here with octave leaps. Read less

Works on This Recording

Bach Variations for Piano, Op. 114 by Michael Denhoff
Performer:  Birgitta Wollenweber (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Germany 

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