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Goldberg Variations


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  • Audio CD (26 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics & Jazz
  • ASIN: B001MK00JI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : I Aria 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : II Variation 1 1:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : III Variation 20:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : IV Variation 3 - Canone All'Unisono 1:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : V Variation 40:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : VII Variation 6 - Canone Alla Seconda0:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Goldberg Variations Bwv988 : VIII Variation 7 - Al Tempo Di Giga 1:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : IX Variation 8 1:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : X Variation 9 - Canone Alla Terza 1:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XI Variation 10 - Fugetta0:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XII Variation 11 1:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Goldberg Variations Bwv988 : XIII Variation 12 - Canone All Quarta 1:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XIV Variation 13 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XV Variation 14 1:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XVI Variation 15 - Canone All Quinta 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Goldberg Variations Bwv988 : XVII Variation 16 - Overture 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Goldberg Variations Bwv988 : XVIII Variation 17 1:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XIX Variation 18 - Canone Alla Sesta0:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XX Variation 190:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXI Variation 20 1:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Goldberg Variations Bwv988 : XXII Variation 21 - Canone Alla Settima 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Goldberg Variations Bwv988 : XXIII Variation 22 - Alla Breve0:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Goldberg Variations Bwv988 : XXIV Variation 23 1:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXV Variation 24 - Canone All'ottava 1:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Goldberg Variations Bwv988 : XXVI Variation 25 - Adagio 4:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Goldberg Variations Bwv988 : XXVII Variation 26 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Goldberg Variations Bwv988 : XXVIII Variation 27 - Canone Alla Nona 1:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Goldberg Variations Bwv988 : XXIX Variation 28 1:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXX Variation 29 1:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXXI Variation 30 1:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Goldberg Variations BWV988 : XXXII Aria Da Capo 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. 14 Canons On The First 8 Notes Of The Bass Of The Aria BWV1087 : I Canon Simplex0:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen34. 14 Canons On The First 8 Notes Of The Bass Of The Aria BWV1087 : II All' Roverscio0:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen35. 14 Canons On The First 8 Notes Of The Bass Of The Aria BWV1087 : III Beede Vorigen Canones Zugleich, Motu Recto E Contrario0:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen36. 14 Canons On The First 8 Notes Of The Bass Of The Aria BWV1087 : IV Motu Contrario E Recto0:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen37. 14 Canons On The First 8 Notes Of The Bass Of The Aria BWV1087 : V Canon Duplex A 40:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen38. 14 Canons On The First 8 Notes Of The Bass Of The Aria BWV1087 : VI Canon Simplex Über Besagtes Fundament A 30:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen39. 14 Canons On The First 8 Notes Of The Bass Of The Aria BWV1087 : VII Canon Simplex Über Besagtes Fundament A 30:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen40. 14 Canons On The First 8 Notes Of The Bass Of The Aria BWV1087 : VIII Canon Simplex A 3, Il Soggetto In Alto0:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen41. 14 Canons On The First 8 Notes Of The Bass Of The Aria BWV1087 : IX Canon In Unissono Post Semifusam A 30:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen42. 14 Canons On The First 8 Notes Of The Bass Of The Aria BWV1087 : X Alio Modo, Per Syncopationes Et Per Ligaturas A 2 - Evolutio0:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen43. 14 Canons On The First 8 Notes Of The Bass Of The Aria BWV1087 : XI Canon Duplex Übers Fundament A0:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen44. 14 Canons On The First 8 Notes Of The Bass Of The Aria BWV1087 : XII Canon Duplex Über Besagte Fundamental - Noten A 5 1:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen45. 14 Canons On The First 8 Notes Of The Bass Of The Aria BWV1087 : XIII Canon Triplex A 60:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen46. 14 Canons On The First 8 Notes Of The Bass Of The Aria BWV1087 : XIV Canon A 4 Per Augmentationem Et Diminutionem 1:12£0.79  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chas Longford on 18 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
This recording of the Goldberg Variations presents playing of the most elegant and precise character. It is a delight to hear Bach played on an antique Erard instrument. For those who love Bach and those who take pleasure in masterful harp playing : this recording is a "must have" for your library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Inquiring Mind on 30 Sep 2009
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I'm generally leery of transcriptions when a work is as idiosyncratic to a particular instrument as the Goldbergs are to keyboard. But Mr. Blassel has worked a miracle here. Not only is the transcription completely faithful to the original, the performance is utterly transparent. And any technical problems that arose are totally conquered.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant Execution of a Non-Transcription 13 Jan 2011
By I. Martinez-Ybor - Published on Amazon.com
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The Goldberg Variations, composed for harpsichord, can be accommodated on the harp without modification, just as it is on the piano. Sylvain Blassel thus gives us pure unadulterated Bach. He uses an Erard harp from 1904 which renders tones and colors with utmost clarity, without the over-reverberant sonic aura one normally associates with the instrument. Here we are given the beauty of the harp's tonal quality without the halo that one associates with the instrument obscuring the score. Mr. Blassel is a virtuoso of the first order and serves Bach well, with incisiveness, clear articulation, rhythmic variety, and lyric grace, as well as the myriad coloristic opportunities his instrument affords him. Ornamentation is always graceful and musical. There are no repeats. So, how does the Goldberg sound on harp? In this performance and with this instrument, it is a thing of beauty indeed, a most intimate and personal experience. So one has to be careful: not all harps can do it. The danger of muddled sound is always there. Harps with modern stops came into existence about fifty years after Bach's death; Bach then, wrote nothing for the instrument. But the same caveats can be said about the Goldberg on piano. This then, is a recording to savour and treasure, even if it not ought to be one's sole recording of the Goldberg. Let that one be Hantaï, or Gould, or Tipo, etc., indeed a Goldberg on keyboards. But Mr. Blassel serves Bach well by showing us the Goldberg as it sounds on his beautiful harp.

Given the lack of repeats, as a filler the cd gives us an interesting and delicious treat. According to the liner notes, in 1974 a copy of the Goldberg variations annotated by Bach himself was discovered which, on the back cover, contained 14 canons in the hand of the composer himself, of which 12 were previously unknown. The canons were based on the first six notes of the Aria of the Goldberg variations. No instrumentation was specified (though one could assume the harpsichord). Mr. Blassell renders them in a version for two harps, being joined by Fabrice Pierre, another harp virtuoso, also on an Erard harp, but of later vintage. Again, clarity is paramount. The results are a delight.

This cd is highly recommended.
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very nice recording 11 Feb 2012
By drooigras - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful recording of one of the worlds most beautiful pieces. Because the sound of a harp stays longer than that of a piano, the harmonic movement op the piece is much more clear to the ear. A remarkable achievement of such a young performer.
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