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Bach - Goldberg Variations

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Christian Poltéra
Antoine Tamestit
Frank Peter Zimmermann
Trio Zimmermann
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-2347 SACD
EAN 7318599923475
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date May 2019
Total time 72'56


Watch the Trio talk about this release


For close to 300 years Bach’s Goldberg Variations have awed performers as well as listeners, through an unparalleled combination of a dazzling variety of expression and breath-taking virtuosity with stupendous polyphonic mastery. No wonder then that other musicians than harpsichordists have wanted to make it their own – pianists, first and foremost, but also accordion players and guitarists, flautists and harpists.&&&

Having performed and recorded much of the classical as well as the modern string trio repertoire, Trio Zimmermann began working on the Goldberg Variations several years ago, playing an existing arrangement. But in their own words, the three members – among the leading string players of our time – ‘soon became captivated by the original score and its innumerable beauties and details’. As a result they have jointly prepared a performing version which here receives its first recording. Playing an important part on this disc are also the Trio’s instruments – all by Antonio Stradivarius, and featured in close-up on the cover.
 
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 73'14
01 Aria 4'08
02 Variatio 1. a 1 Clav. 1'48
03 Variatio 2. a 1 Clav. 1'35
04 Variatio 3. Canone all’Unisono. a 1 Clav. 1'49
05 Variatio 4. a 1 Clav. 1'05
06 Variatio 5. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav. 1'22
07 Variatio 6. Canone alla Seconda. a 1 Clav. 1'14
08 Variatio 7. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav. al tempo di Giga 1'51
09 Variatio 8. a 2 Clav. 1'47
10 Variatio 9. Canone alla Terza. a 1 Clav. 1'29
11 Variatio 10. Fughetta. a 1 Clav. 1'30
12 Variatio 11. a 2 Clav. 2'04
13 Variatio 12. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quarta in moto contrario 2'13
14 Variatio 13. a 2 Clav. 5'16
15 Variatio 14. a 2 Clav. 2'11
16 Variatio 15. Canone alla Quinta. a 1 Clav.: Andante 4'05
17 Variatio 16. Ouverture. a 1 Clav. 2'52
18 Variatio 17. a 2 Clav. 1'45
19 Variatio 18. Canone alla Sesta. a 1 Clav. 1'21
20 Variatio 19. a 1 Clav. 1'20
21 Variatio 20. a 2 Clav. 2'06
22 Variatio 21. Canone alla Settima 2'23
23 Variatio 22. a 1 Clav. alla breve 1'18
24 Variatio 23. a 2 Clav. 1'56
25 Variatio 24. Canone all'Ottava. a 1 Clav. 2'30
26 Variatio 25. a 2 Clav.: Adagio 7'37
27 Variatio 26. a 2 Clav. 2'02
28 Variatio 27. Canone alla Nona. a 2 Clav. 1'46
29 Variatio 28. a 2 Clav. 2'15
30 Variatio 29. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav. 2'13
31 Variatio 30. a 1 Clav. Quodlibet 1'38
32 Aria da capo 2'45
 
  Album total 72'56
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
String ensembleTrio Zimmermann

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