Notes & Reviews:
The Goldberg Variations are filled with the fruits of Bach's life long work with various styles of keyboard music. Canons, fugues, dances, etudes and character pieces are combined into a monumental composition of extraordinary density that unites virtuosic technique with astounding creative energy. They owe their creation to rather unusual circumstances. One of Bach's great admirers, Count Keyserling, Russian ambassador to Saxony, suffered from insomnia. It was Bach who composed a work for him which could be performed over and over again while at the same time being soothing and relaxing through its inner harmony and formal beauty. Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, a brilliant young harpsichord virtuoso who was one of Bach's students, was given the responsibility of performing the work for the count. Thus its name.
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Works DetailsBach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
- Performers: Jean-Claude Bouveresse (Violin); Aurélien Sabouret (Cello); Sabine Toutain (Viola)
- Ensemble: Paris Chamber Ensemble
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Vocal
- Studio/Live: Studio