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Bach: Goldberg Variations / Charles Rosen, piano

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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
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Notes & Reviews:

Charles Rosen did not perform the Goldberg Variations live, believing that it could not be played as Bach would have intended except in solitude and for personal pleasure. Fortunately that did not prevent him from making this 1969 recording, which The New Grove singled out as 'remarkable for its clarity, its vitality and its structural grasp.' The sentiment has been echoed by many other distinguished critics over the decade. This is a performance that seems to go to the very heart of the matter.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
I used his book, The Classical Style as a text in a graduate class and heard him in concert back in the early 1970s, playing Scarlatti sonatas, the Liszt Don Giovanni Fantasy and Beethoven's Diabelli Variations. When Rosen recorded this, it was more commonplace for pianists to play Bach with an ear to the crisp sound of the harpsichord, and this represents that style.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 30th Street Studio, New York (1967-06-01_1967-06-02&1967-).


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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
  • Performer: Charles Rosen (Piano)
  • Notes: 30th Street Studio, New York (1967-06-01_1967-06-02&1967-)
  • Running Time: 69 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741