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Bach - Goldberg Variations

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Andreas Borregaard
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-2399 SACD
EAN 7318599923994
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

  –  2 discs
Release date Jul 2018
Total time 90'06

Performed on the accordion. 2 discs for the price of 1

SACD players: Disc 1 contains the full programme in SACD stereo
CD players: Disc 1: Aria & Var. 1–15; Disc 2: Var. 16–30 & Aria

The Goldberg Variations, or – to use the original title – ‘Aria with diverse variations’ counts as a milestone in Western music history. With good reason: the huge work&&& and its highly systematic structure demonstrate with utmost clarity Bach’s immense skill as a composer. Books and treatises have been written to analyse how it is constructed, amazing both musicologists and mathematicians. But as the Danish accordionist Andreas Borregaard writes&&& in his own liner notes to this disc: ‘the Goldberg Variations are so much more than a gigantic, sounding sudoku. Each variation is an expressive universe unto itself, and the music passes through almost every corner of the human spectrum of emotions.’

Originally written for the harpsichord, the work has become part of the piano repertoire, but the emotional range that Borregaard emphasizes is perhaps brought out even more clearly when it is performed, as here, on the accordion. The inherent nostalgia of the Aria is more poignant than ever, the gigue in Variation 7 has the swagger of sailors on shore leave, and the introspection of Variation 15 is almost hypnotic. With a duration of 90 minutes, Borregaard’s performance can be listened to without a break on Disc 1, for those who have an SACD player. For playback on CD players the programme is split midway, with Disc 2 beginning with the French overture that forms Variation 16.
 
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 89'51
01 Aria 4'37
02 Variatio 1. a 1 Clav. 2'00
03 Variatio 2. a 1 Clav. 2'07
04 Variatio 3. Canone all’Unisono. a 1 Clav. 2'08
05 Variatio 4. a 1 Clav. 1'09
06 Variatio 5. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav. 1'54
07 Variatio 6. Canone alla Seconda. a 1 Clav. 1'40
08 Variatio 7. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav. al tempo di Giga 2'07
09 Variatio 8. a 2 Clav. 2'04
10 Variatio 9. Canone alla Terza. a 1 Clav. 2'24
11 Variatio 10. Fughetta. a 1 Clav. 1'47
12 Variatio 11. a 2 Clav. 2'14
13 Variatio 12. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quarta in moto contrario 2'27
14 Variatio 13. a 2 Clav. 5'51
15 Variatio 14. a 2 Clav. 2'32
16 Variatio 15. Canone alla Quinta. a 1 Clav.: Andante 5'47
17 Variatio 16. Ouverture. a 1 Clav. 3'01
18 Variatio 17. a 2 Clav. 2'27
19 Variatio 18. Canone alla Sesta. a 1 Clav. 1' 1'46
20 Variatio 19. a 1 Clav. 1'19
21 Variatio 20. a 2 Clav. 2'23
22 Variatio 21. Canone alla Settima 3'54
23 Variatio 22. a 1 Clav. alla breve 1'32
24 Variatio 23. a 2 Clav. 2'37
25 Variatio 24. Canone all'Ottava. a 1 Clav. 2'56
26 Variatio 25. a 2 Clav.: Adagio 9'30
27 Variatio 26. a 2 Clav. 2'23
28 Variatio 27. Canone alla Nona. a 2 Clav. 2'32
29 Variatio 28. a 2 Clav. 2'39
30 Variatio 29. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav. 2'40
31 Variatio 30. a 1 Clav. Quodlibet 2'24
32 Aria da capo 3'00
 
  Album total 90'06
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
AccordionBorregaard, Andreas

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