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Bach: Goldberg Variations [Grigory Sokolov] [Melodia: MELCD 1002049] [Double CD]

Grigory Sokolov Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (3 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Melodia
  • ASIN: B009LRJ9EQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Aria
2. Variatio 1. A 1 Clav.
3. Variatio 2. A 1 Clav.
4. Variatio 3. Canone All'Unisuono a 1 Clav.
5. Variatio 4. A 1 Clav.
6. Variatio 5. A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
7. Variatio 6. Canone Alla Seconda a 1 Clav.
8. Variatio 7. A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
9. Variatio 8. A 2 Clav.
10. Variatio 9. Canone Alla Terza. A 1 Clav.
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Variatio 25. A 2 Clav.
2. Variatio 26. A 2 Clav.
3. Variatio 27. Canone Alla Nona. A 2 Clav.
4. Variatio 28. A 2 Clav.
5. Variatio 29. A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
6. Variatio 30. Quodlibet. A 1 Clav.
7. Aria Da Capo
8. Sinfonia
9. Allemande
10. Courante
See all 20 tracks on this disc

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Firma Melodiya presents concert recordings of J.S. Bach's compositions performed by Grigory Sokolov, arguably the most intellectual of all modern Russian pianists.

At the age of 16, he became a winner of the 3rd International Tchaikovsky Competition and has been an active concert performer for more than forty years. There are just few musicians now who are described as "He lives for the sake of music. Only music". Sokolov's biography is not rich in external events as he is not a public figure. However, those who have heard him in concert or on records will never be able to forget his play.

Sokolov prefers deeply considered "music of mind" to virtuosic lustre. He is mostly known as an interpreter of Bach's works, late Beethoven and Brahms. "He is often compared with Gould. But Sokolov has a Bach of his own. He is more of a philosopher", a critic wrote about his performance in the Literaturnaya Gazeta. But unlike the Canadian intellectual genius of pianism, Sokolov has preferred concerts to recordings. "The biggest gap is the one between the microphone and a man", the musician believes. The Goldberg Variations, Bach's most complicated cycle from the performing point of view, was recorded by Grigory Sokolov in concert in 1982. The album also includes Partita in C minor and English Suite in A minor recorded in various years.

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Grigory Sokolov, piano

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime! 3 Jun 2013
By Staxxx
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Sokolov's Goldberg doesn't disappoint. There is good reason he is often thought of as one of the great pianists alive today! The coughing and sneezing is rather off-putting in the beginning but as the audience settles it gets better - save for a mobile phone I think towards the end. However, you cannot miss this recording. It is brimming with personality and subtlety. The dynamic range is rather big so finding a comfortable listening level is a little difficult. But all this is worth it. Sokolov could, if he chooses, own this work as did Gould a few decades ago. It certainly isn't an interpretation that would put anyone to sleep, Count or not. In fact I can almost imagine him sitting open-jawed at such invention. By the 7th Variation, which has such a catching lilt, I wouldn't be surprised if he were up and dancing on his bed!
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By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The playing here has a rhapsodic, improvisatory quality which is utterly beguiling; the interpolated trills and flourishes, beginning immediately even in the opening aria, seem to derive from the sheer joy and exuberance Sokilov experiences in playing this timeless music. His mechanical prestidigitation is a thing of wonder yet its percussive regularity is tempered and balanced by the whimsy of the pianist's phrasing in the lyrical sections. There is enormous variety of mood and approach within this concert; the fifth variation is the epitome of insouciant Romaticism, like a rippling brook, whereas in No.8 Sokolov out-Goulds Gould for manic attack. The "Black Pearl" is by contrast almost too restrained and hesitant, courting stasis. One accusation you certainly cannot level at Sokolov is that his interpretation lacks personality

Unfortunately, the boxy, aggressive recording by Melodiya acoustic harkens back to another Russian (Soviet) style of recording, and the famed knowledgeable attentiveness of Russian audiences is belied by the inconsiderate hacks and sneezes which punctuate the playing. Such a pity that this most characterful, idiosyncratic and indeed fascinating account is marred by clangourous sound and Yahoos in the front seats.

The Partita and English Suite which complete CD2 are from other live concerts. Brilliantly executed, they are also in better sound before more appreciative and better disciplined listeners.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely playing, marred by horrible sound 6 April 2014
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The variations are played just as I would have expected Sokolov to play them. Different and - to me - entrancing. Not "the best", but just as I would not call Gould or Perahia "the best".

They are most definitely not _recorded_ they way I would have expected a competent sound engineer to record them, even in 1976 and even at a live performance. The coughs and shuffles I can forgive 1000 times; a piano sound that seems to have come out of a 1920s crystal radio I cannot.

The fact that I have listened to the Goldbergs at least 10 times since buying the record tells you how much I actually like the playing. I just have to imagine I'm listening to muzak from a (small) lift speaker.

The other two recordings are much better in quality, and retain Sokolov's style. I like the BWV826 Partita in c minor more than the English Suite No 2, but that's just me. Incidentally, this is the only piece that also appears in the Sokolov "Complete Recordings" set.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Playing of stature marred by poor recording and a discourteous audience 28 Mar 2013
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The playing here has a rhapsodic, improvisatory quality which is utterly beguiling; the interpolated trills and flourishes, beginning immediately even in the opening aria, seem to derive from the sheer joy and exuberance Sokilov experiences in playing this timeless music. His mechanical prestidigitation is a thing of wonder yet its percussive regularity is tempered and balanced by the whimsy of the pianist's phrasing in the lyrical sections. There is enormous variety of mood and approach within this concert; the fifth variation is the epitome of insouciant Romaticism, like a rippling brook, whereas in No.8 Sokolov out-Goulds Gould for manic attack. The "Black Pearl" is by contrast almost too restrained and hesitant, courting stasis. One accusation you certainly cannot level at Sokolov is that his interpretation lacks personality

Unfortunately, the boxy, aggressive recording by Melodiya acoustic harkens back to another Russian (Soviet) style of recording, and the famed knowledgeable attentiveness of Russian audiences is belied by the inconsiderate hacks and sneezes which punctuate the playing. Such a pity that this most characterful, idiosyncratic and indeed fascinating account is marred by clangourous sound and Yahoos in the front seats.

The Partita and English Suite which complete CD2 are from other live concerts. Brilliantly executed, they are also in better sound before more appreciative and better disciplined listeners.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Distractions 22 Feb 2013
By Christopher Sharrett - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another live performance deformed by coughing and sneezing by an insensitive audience. I have a hard time dealing with such distractions. That said, Sokolov's rendering is assertive, even aggressive, with interesting flourishes. But the microphones are poorly placed, giving the recording a shallow echo associated with the earliest days of live recording. Glenn Gould has yet to be dethroned for all the endless attempts at the Goldbergs.
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