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Bach: Goldberg Variations

Joanna MacGregor, Joanna MaGregor Audio CD
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  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (5 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CLASSICAL
  • ASIN: B0036WL5LC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : I Aria 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : II Variation 1 1:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : III Variation 2 1:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : IV Variation 3 1:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : V Variation 40:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : VI Variation 50:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : VII Variation 6 1:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : VIII Variation 7 1:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : IX Variation 8 1:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : X Variation 9 1:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XI Variation 10 1:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XII Variation 11 1:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XIII Variation 12 1:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XIV Variation 13 2:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XV Variation 14 2:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XVI Variation 15 3:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XVII Variation 16 1:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XVIII Variation 170:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XIX Variation 18 1:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XX Variation 190:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXI Variation 20 1:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXII Variation 21 2:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXIII Variation 22 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXIV Variation 23 2:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXV Variation 24 2:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXVI Variation 25 5:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXVII Variation 26 1:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXVIII Variation 270:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXIX Variation 28 2:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXX Variation 29 2:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXXI Variation 30 1:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXXII Aria Da Capo 2:570.79  Buy MP3 

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting free the soul of the musician. Wonderful 27 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
I've always found Bach's Goldberg Variations difficult, no, impossible to listen to with any enjoyment. I've heard the most famous recordings, including Glenn Gould's, and felt put upon by the sheer weight of the music, its complexity, and the difficulty musicians have in playing it.

So, Joanna Macgregor's lightness, speed, tone and above all her consummate understanding are a revelation. Letting Bach breathe, while managing his complications, is a particular challenge in these pieces, and Ms Macgregor does it from the first bars, replacing the tension that comes through most performances with peace. She matches her tone and technique flawlessly to the widely varying demands of each movement, realising each as a distinct work of art that contributes to the whole. It never flags, is never too fast, above all never boring. Bach said he wanted to set free the soul of the musician. This is the result.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 29 April 2013
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A truly beautiful, sensitive performance, which is full of life. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves Bach.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Idiosyncratic to good purpose 12 Nov 2010
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I've just (15 minutes ago) returned from hearing Joanna MacGregor play Goldberg live at The Jacqueline Du Pre Music Building in Oxford, and here I am on Amazon to order the recording. Will it work as well on disc? It's certainly idiosyncratic, but, pace the previous reviewer, it works when experienced in the concert hall - not even but especially the sustaining haze through which the reprise of the theme quietly emerges. Not for everyone, and it isn't going to oust Gould, but I wouldn't want to be without it. After the concert MacGregor described the work as "terrifying", and that's how she makes it sound; not a comfortable experience but one that forces you to think.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars MacGolderg from Joanna 19 May 2010
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Joanna McGregor's new recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations has a rather hard piano tone in the middle and treble registers coupled with a strange muffled resonance in the bass. This, together with Ms McGregor's generally over-emphatic style, makes for an unpleasant sonic experience. She contributes a brief note on the music which doesn't add much to one's understanding of this marvellous work. Miss McGregor inclines to the' idiosyncratic to no good end' school and in this together with her recording sound and notes she compares very unfavourably with Glenn Gould in both his original and remake recordings. Her approach is encapsulated in the (usually) sublime Variation 25 where plodding and unvarying forte masquerades as profound insight. Her last and, to my ears, most unbearable idiosyncrasy is to start the reprise of the aria through a pointless sustaining haze. I can find no reason to recommend this recording over countless others and certainly not Gould. If you must have a new recording try Dinnerstein on Telarc for performance and recording.
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