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Bach/Gould Project - Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (arr. for string quartet); Glenn Gould (1932-1982): String Quartet, Op. 1 / Catalyst Quartet

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  1. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Aria $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 4 $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 5 $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 6 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 7 $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 8 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 9 $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 10 $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 11 $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 12 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 13 $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 14 $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 15 $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 16 $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 17 $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 18 $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 19 $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 20 $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 21 $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 22 $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 23 $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 24 $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 25 $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 26 $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 27 $0.99 on iTunes
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  30. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 29 $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Variation 30 $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. for String Quartet): Aria da capo $0.99 on iTunes
  33. String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 1

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)
>Gould, Glenn [Piano] : Quartet for Strings Op 1
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Notes & Reviews:

This debut recording from the Catalyst Quartet features their own arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations in addition to the rarely heard and only composition by Glenn Gould, String Quartet, Op. 1. Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as "invariably energetic and finely burnished... playing with earthy vigor", the prizewinning quartet is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition. Known for "rhythmic energy, polyphonic clarity and tight-ensemble playing" (NY Concert Review), the quartet has toured domestically and abroad. They have also appeared on radio and television broadcasts across America and have contributed to online and print media publications including The Strad and Strings magazine.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
This album is titled Bach/Gould Project, which left me a little unsure what was inside. In fact it is simply the Goldbergs, played by a string quartet, followed by Glenn Gould's quartet. In his time Gould was probably the best-known interpreter of the Goldbergs, and he wrote his quartet in 1956, around the time of his early recording. The Catalyst Quartet adapts the Bach with minimal addition. Pizzicato is used in a few variations, and they need to do some adroit part switching (e.g. in Variation 11) when both parts go below viola C, so that only the cello can play the notes. They play with lots of rhythmic energy and sparse vibrato.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)
  • Ensemble: Catalyst Quartet
  • Running Time: 34 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Gould, Glenn [Piano] : Quartet for Strings Op 1
  • Running Time: 35 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1953-1955