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Bach, J.S.: Goldberg Variations (Virtuoso series)

Andrei Gavrilov Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Nov 2013)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B005JS7UW4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Aria
2. Var. 1 a 1 Clav.
3. Var. 2 a 1 Clav.
4. Var. 3 Canone All'Unisono a 1 Clav.
5. Var. 4 a 1 Clav.
6. Var. 5 a 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
7. Var. 6 Canone Alla Seconda a 1 Clav.
8. Var. 7 a 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
9. Var. 8 a 2 Clav.
10. Var. 9 Canone Alla Terza a 1 Clav.
11. Var. 10 Fughetta a 1 Clav.
12. Var. 11 a 2 Clav.
13. Var. 12 Canone Alla Quarta
14. Var. 13 a 2 Clav.
15. Var. 14 a 2 Clav.
16. Var. 15 Canone Alla Quinta in Moto Contrario
17. Var. 16 Ouverture a 1 Clav.
18. Var. 17 a 2 Clav.
19. Var. 18 Canone Alla Sesta a 1 Clav.
20. Var. 19 a 1 Clav.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great set of the variations 23 July 2013
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Gavrilov,protege of Richter...need more be said?Well,maybe--he may not be perfect,who is?But the man is(was,he's retired now,at his peak)as close to inspired genius as you'll find.Perhaps a little too fast for comfort(his,that is) when tackling the quicker variations,but there's never a dull moment,even in the Black Pearl variation,monumental as that is.You can't say that for everyone(Hewitt),and if you want to hear a virtuoso playing the Goldbergs,look no further.As good as Perahia may be,there are a mere 3 for my money,Tureck (the one on Vai),Gould(either),or this.Good price from marketplace,too...the originally published 1993 version is going for about 30 now!Mine,less than a fiver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 14 May 2013
By Alan
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There are a great number of recording available of this piece but after extensive research this appeared to be the best recording I could afford and I have not been disappointed, Andrei Gavrilov to me performs superbly and for this price I don't think you can go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't be more delighted! 29 May 2013
By brotagonist - Published on Amazon.com
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Until recently, I had Glenn Gould's first recording, Goldberg Variations (1955 Debu, but its speediness bothered me. Apparently, his later recording is much more relaxed, but his habit of humming and groaning during performance turns me off. On LP, I used to have a version on the harpsichord, which was beautiful, and I couldn't help but be tempted by Trevor Pinnock's Goldberg Vars/Italian Cto, but I felt that the piano would offer a cleaner sound. I was familiar with both András Schiff and Andrei Gavrilov; I settled on the latter. I couldn't be more delighted! Parts still sound fast, when I think that it is supposed to induce slumber, but it is nearly twice as long as Gould's rushed version. This is the one for me. It is a reissue of Goldberg Variations Bwv 988.
3.0 out of 5 stars run of the mill 15 Jun 2014
By drollere - Published on Amazon.com
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i have lately purchased several recent recordings of the "goldberg", both to sample the variety of interpretations and to approach the complexity of this unique composition.

i come away with two observations: performance divides sharply into two schools, and the school determines the complexity and subtlety of the performance.

in one school are the "virtuoso" performances, always completed within 71 to 74 minutes (with all repeats), and uniformly characterized by absurdly fast tempi that combine a jabbing, popping staccato treatment of the slower voices with a flurrying blurrying execution of the faster voices, an appalling uniformity of instrumental timbre and touch, complete disregard for the tempo and dance implications of the time signatures and note durations of the original score, and (most of all) the fundamental imperative to impress with the agility, velocity and precision of the execution.

in all these things gavrilov conforms, and therefore provides just another run of the mill performance. true, there are variations where his approach is pleasing, but there are just as many others (no.29 in particular) where his approach is laughably unidiomatic and flashy. in many variations his puttering dexterity produces sounds that much resemble the working of a two cylinder engine.

all the virtuoso performances are basically imitations of the glenn gould solution to the "goldberg" challenge; if showmanship is your thing, then you may as well stay with the original, or at least adopt the murray perahia interpretation, which manages to be musical within the 74 minute virtuoso time limit.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Gem! 2 April 2014
By Frank D. V. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have never heard anything else from Andrei Gavrilov, nor had I ever even heard OF him before purchasing this CD from a suggestion. I must say, that this is a Phenomenal find. His phrasing, technique, and Baroque coloring of this marvelous piece of music is terrific.

He plays with passion, yet married with the perfect amount of analytical intelligence needed for this piece (as does all Bach).

The ONLY flaws that I found on this recording was during the 20th variation, when it sounds like his fingers trip over themselves for a bit in the beginning of the movement, but he seems to have untangled himself shortly after. Also, I do believe he got a bit windy during the 25th variation. Do we really need to listen to that for over 11 minutes? Beautiful as that movement is, and well played, he does seem to have daydreamed a bit while playing that.

Other than those two small gripes, it is well worth purchasing this recording and enjoying it. I would have given it a 4 1/2 star rating if allowed.

Outside of Gould's recording, this may be my favorite. I'll have to listen to Perahia's and Gavrilov's back to back to see which one I like better.

EDIT 7/21/14: I just put this on again, and I realized I should have given it 5 stars to begin with. So I am correcting my mistake now. It is one of the finest Goldbergs out there. He brings something new ie: style, phrasing, and rubato to this (perhaps?) over recorded but wonderful piece of music. 5 stars indeed.
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