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Bach: Goldberg Variations on Guitar / Marco Salcito, guitar [2 CDs]

Album Summary

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

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
I was really excited to get this for review. I love this music as much as anything in the entire classical repertory, and I've got more than a dozen performances in my collection.

In interpreting this work Marco Salcito tried to follow all the traces left by Bach, thinking that the guitar, an instrument naturally rich in tone-colour and dynamic variations, is well-suited to a work that develops an intimate view and affections (not by chance, maybe, its strings are divided into two groups of three, basses and trebles). He also tried to keep an ideal "tactus", that of his heartbeat at rest (53 on the metronome) throughout the Variations. It took him three years to transcribe this masterpiece, and all musical choices were made in maximum possible respect of the development of each single voice and of the use of embellishments. The instrument he used was built by the master luthier Enzo Guido from Chioggia, who was able to make a guitar which would merge both of Bach's creative souls; it was mounted with strings of the Vicenza firm Aquila Corde Armoniche, which, through its research on natural gut, has created a new product, Nylgut, which follows the tradition of the great string makers of the past and recreates the charm that only gut can offer, with its imitation of the human voice.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: P.I.M.S. Studios di Vasto, (CH) (03/2014).


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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
  • Performer: Marco Salcito (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 103 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741