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J.S Bach: Goldberg Variations / Takae Ohnishi, piano

Album Summary

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

Takae Ohnishi's towering performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations is performed on a superb new instrument from Harpsichord Atelier Marc Ducornet (Paris, 2010), based on a Ruckers model. Ms. Ohnishi has been the principal harpsichordist at Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, as well as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Scharoun Ensemble, Gardner Chamber Orchestra, and continuo player with Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and Bach Collegium San Diego. Ms. Ohnishi is a prizewinner at the International Early Music Harpsichord Competition in Japan. Her debut CD "A Harpsichord Recital" was selected as an International Special Recommended CD by the leading Japanese music magazine, Record Gei-jyu-tsu. Ms. Ohnishi graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music, and holds a Masters degree from the New England Conservatory, and a DMA from Stony Brook University. Since 2007, she has been Lecturer of Harpsichord and Baroque Chamber Music at the University of California, San Diego, and has also taught at the University of San Diego. In 2011-12, Ms. Ohnishi served as Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Ohnishi performs on a harpsichord built by Marc Ducornet, based on a Ruckers harpsichord that underwent a grand ravalment (a 17th Century instrument rebuilt to suit 18th Century tastes and repertoire). This fine instrument may have been the inspiration for some of Ohnishi's very French-sounding playing. She casts the 13th variation as a French dance, complete with ports de voix (an appoggiatura-like ornament). Her 7th variation is played as a true canarie-gigue, a French dance with a snappy rhythm. Ohnishi's performance is admirably balanced. She communicates a great many of the varied affects in Bach's magnificent and justly popular Goldberg Variations. Marianne Pfau's liner notes are thoughtful and engaging.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Warren lecture Hall Studio A, University of California, (05/18/2011-05/20/2011).


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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
  • Performer: Takae Ohnishi (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Warren lecture Hall Studio A, University of California, San Diego (05/18/2011-05/20/2011)
  • Running Time: 69 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741