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J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations / Aulos Quartet

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)
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Notes & Reviews:

Even the very first printed editions of Bach's incomparable Goldberg Variations contained arrangements for other ensembles of instruments. The reason behind this is obvious: Bach's complex part texture, designed for a keyboard instrument with two manuals, cannot be realized on the piano as is and can only be grasped with difficulty. The Aulos Quartet has recorded a new version of Josef Rheinberger's arrangement that grabs and keeps the listener's attention for two good reasons: the ideal transparency created by the mixed ensemble of strings and winds and the employment of the oboe profonda, a rarely heard instrument enormously expanding the tonal resources of the oboe family.

The rewarding arrangement by the Swiss ensemble also brings out many a previously unnoticed detail even for seasoned listeners. According to the legend, Imperial Count Keyserlingk instructed Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, a harpsichordist traveling in his entourage, to perform from these variations when the count suffered from insomnia during the night.

All historical considerations aside, listening to this dual layer hybrid SACD produced with top technology as a 2+2+2 recording makes for true pleasure.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (10/02/2015-10/04/2015).


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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)
  • Ensemble: Aulos Quartet
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (10/02/2015-10/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 74 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741