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Goldberg Variations

Johann Sebastian Bach , Maggie Cole Audio CD
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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (7 Jun 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Veritas
  • ASIN: B00000J2PQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): AriaMaggie Cole 4:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 1 a 1 clav.Maggie Cole 2:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 2 a 1 clav.Maggie Cole 1:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 3 Canone all'unisono a 1 clav.Maggie Cole 1:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 4 a 1 clav.Maggie Cole 1:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 5 a 1 ovvero 2 clav.Maggie Cole 1:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 6 Canone alla seconda a 1 clav.Maggie Cole 1:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 7 Al tempo di giga a 1 ovvero 2 clav.Maggie Cole0:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 8 a 2 clav.Maggie Cole 2:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 9 Canone alla terza a 1 clav.Maggie Cole 2:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 10 Fughetta a 1 clav.Maggie Cole 1:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 11 a 2 clav.Maggie Cole 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 12 Canone alla quartaMaggie Cole 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 13 a 2 clav.Maggie Cole 5:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 14 a 2 clav.Maggie Cole 1:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 15 Canone alla quinta (Andante) a 1 clav.Maggie Cole 5:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 16 Ouverture a 1 clav.Maggie Cole 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 17 a 2 clav.Maggie Cole 1:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 18 Canone alla sesta a 1 clav.Maggie Cole 1:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 19 a 1 clav.Maggie Cole0:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 20 a 2 clav.Maggie Cole 2:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 21 Canone alla settimaMaggie Cole 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 22 Alla breve a 1 clav.Maggie Cole 1:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 23 a 2 clav.Maggie Cole 2:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 24 Canone all'ottava a 1 clav.Maggie Cole 1:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 25 Adagio a 2 clav.Maggie Cole 8:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 26 a 2 clav.Maggie Cole 2:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 27 Canone alla nona a 1 clav.Maggie Cole 2:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen29. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 28 a 2 clav.Maggie Cole 2:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen30. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 29 a 1 ovvero 2 clav.Maggie Cole 2:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen31. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): Variation 30 Quodlibet a 1 clav.Maggie Cole 2:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen32. 'Goldberg' Variations BWV988 (Aria with divers variations): AriaMaggie Cole 2:250.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor BWV903Maggie Cole11:38Album Only
Listen  2. Partita No. 1 in B flat major BWV 825: PreludeMaggie Cole 2:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Partita No. 1 in B flat major BWV 825: AllemandeMaggie Cole 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Partita No. 1 in B flat major BWV 825: CouranteMaggie Cole 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Partita No. 1 in B flat major BWV 825: SarabandeMaggie Cole 5:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Partita No. 1 in B flat major BWV 825: Menuets I & IIMaggie Cole 2:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Partita No. 1 in B flat major BWV 825: GigueMaggie Cole 2:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in G major BWV 916: ToccataMaggie Cole 2:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in G major BWV 916: AdagioMaggie Cole 2:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in G major BWV 916: Allegro e prestoMaggie Cole 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat major BWV 998: PreludeMaggie Cole 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat major BWV 998: FugueMaggie Cole 6:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat major BWV 998: AllegroMaggie Cole 2:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971: AllegroMaggie Cole 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971: AndanteMaggie Cole 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971: PrestoMaggie Cole 3:430.99  Buy MP3 


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach's uncluttered platform 12 Jan 2013
By LSH
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This version is played at the right speed and, though full of warmth and insight, knows how to let the music speak for itself. The acutely observed ornaments in selected da capo sections will tug at your heart strings and surprise you with their effectiveness. A refreshing alternative to many more self-promoting versions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent harpischord playing, careless production 12 Aug 2005
By Leslie Richford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Maggie Cole is a wonderful harpsichordist, and her performance here deserves five stars, no doubt about it. Her "Goldberg Variations" are lovely, and the complementary disc with the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue and several other pieces, including the Italian Concerto, are also very well-played. So why only four stars this time round? I think the following reasons are enough:

1. The stark difference in sound between the harpsichords on both CDs. Maggie Cole plays the shorter Bach pieces on a historical insrument from the year 1610 that would have been an antique in Bach's time: and that is just what it sounds like, very metallic and with lots of mechanical noise. This is very different from the beautiful copy of a French mid-eighteenth century instrument she chooses for the Goldbergs and needs some getting used to. In general, I wonder why so many harpsichordists prefer not to play Bach on German or Saxon instruments from the first half of the eighteenth century?

2. The tracks on the Goldberg CD have not been properly indexed, they jump too late while playing, making it impossible to program any individual numbers correctly. This is just pure carelessness on the part of Virgin Classics.

3. The accompanying documentation, if such one may call it, is far too cursory and contains much too little information to be of any real use.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reissue 9 Mar 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Originally released separately, these two discs can compete with some of the best harpsichord performances on record, and it is wonderful to see them back in print. While the acoustic can seem a bit distant at times, it suits Cole's instrument well. Listen especially to her playing in the Partita: the execution of the trills in the Prelude, the rolicking Courante, and a somewhat breathless Gigue. Like most performers, Cole omits several of the repeats in the Goldbergs (for reasons of space if for nothing else), which is a pity, since her ornamentations the second time around are so often excellent. With so many superlative recordings of the Goldbergs on harpsichord, it seems silly to give this one five stars, but the low price is an added incentive, if one is needed.
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