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J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations and 15 Sinfonias - arrangements for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky

Dmitry Sitkovetsky Audio CD
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  • Performer: Dmitry Sitkovetsky (violin), Yuri Zhislin (viola), Luigi Piovano (cello)
  • Orchestra: None
  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: J.S. Bach arranged by Dmitry Sitkovetsky
  • Audio CD (16 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nimbus Alliance
  • ASIN: B008GS9EQO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. J.S. Bach arr. Sitkovetsky, Goldberg Variations Aria mit verschiedenen Veränderungen BWV 988 - Various Performers
2. J.S. Bach arr. Sitkovetsky, 15 Sinfonias BWV 787-801 - Various Performers

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MusicWeb Record of the Year - One of the most beloved musical works ever written, arranged with such affection and skill that the result sounds in no way inferior to the original, and performed with authority and passion. This is music of a kind that can bring tears of happiness to ones eyes. And an arrangement that should enter textbooks. --Oleg Ledeniov,, November 2012

"Inspired by the 1981 Glenn Gould recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations Russian violinist and musical multi-talent Dmitry Sitkovetsky first transcribed Bach's masterpiece for string trio in 1984. There followed a version for string orchestra that has been performed worldwide. Sitkovetsky recently revised his Goldberg Variations. He also worked on transcriptions of Bach's 15 Sinfonias BWV 787 801... The playing is magnificent. Sitkovetsky, Zhislin und Piovano form a well-balanced trio and the instruments blend perfectly... The lush, luxurious string sound certainly opens up new dimensions for the listener..." --Wiebke Kuester,

This recording, with violist Yuri Zhislin and cellist Luigi Piovano, is spellbinding and beautifully persuasive. Michael Tumelty --Michael Tumelty

Glorious. Gripping. Irresistible. Dmitry Sitkovetsky s arrangement of the Goldberg Variations for string orchestra (Nonesuch 79341-2) is one of my desert island discs. The lightness, freshness and elation of the performance by the NES Chamber Orchestra are irresistible. It all starts from the Aria: vibrant, full-voiced, very expressive yet with a certain white delicacy. The variations follow without pauses, which creates a forward-rolling feeling of agitation and delight. All the layers of the counterpoint are heard crystal clear. The slow variations are not rushed, and get all the necessary air to breathe. The great Variation 25 has a throbbing pulse: no philosophy here, but very personal sentiments. The violin s voice is beautiful, the faithful viola is always at the surface, and the cello provides a solid, affluent foundation. Often the sound has orchestral weight and fullness. The arranger applies pizzicato and other effects wisely and effectively; everything is stylish and never crosses the line of good taste. The acoustics are very spacious, the sound is palpable and the music seems clad in bright gold - a true celebration! The 15 Sinfonias are on the same level as the Goldbergs, with enthusiastic vigour, expressiveness and depth, while staying low-cholesterol. These are little polyphonic gems, and in the trio s hands all voices are heard clearly yet do not get separated in the sonic space a true ensemble effect. The music provides a rainbow of moods, and the performers colour these works differently, finding the right temperature for each. They work well together as a set. The performance is energetic yet not rushed. The slow numbers breathe and sing. Like the Goldbergs, this is music that grabs the attention; every moment is admirable. A certain melodic closeness to Bach s violin Sonatas and Partitas only confirms how natural this arrangement sounds. Again, the recording quality is excellent; the string lines appear like bright electric threads over black velvet. In both the Variations and the Sinfonias, moving from the fading piano sound to the steady string voice has a definite advantage in long notes. The music may lose the fragility and bravura of the piano sound, but instead it becomes more singing. This is good for some pieces, whose singing melodies now sound more natural. After hearing it, one may think that it was the clavier version that was the arrangement. In the booklet Sitkovetsky tells the story the arrangements. To this Calum MacDonald supplements an as usual excellent and extensive musical analysis. All in all, on this disc we meet two glorious new Bach works for string trio. I cannot imagine more gripping accounts. --Oleg Ledeniov,, November 2012

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5.0 out of 5 stars String Trio Transcription of Goldberg Variations 19 July 2012
By Wantage
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There must be dozens of recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations for keyboard and if you are familiar with these, then this string trio transcription will make a pleasant change and works well. The story goes that Count Keyserlingk an insomniac wanted something "soothing and cheerful" for his harpsichordist to play to him. Probably better than taking temazepam and possibly explains the CD cover of the full moon.
Many composers have transcribed Bach of course and there are indeed other versions for string trio of the Goldberg Variations such as that by Bruno Giuranna, which is in fact some 30 minutes longer. Most of the variation transcriptions in this Sitkovetsky version are shorter. The 15 sinfonias are an added bonus, so you are not short-changed, each lasting 1-2 minutes and provide a varied programme. The enclosed notes are highly informative and useful and are in English only. Beautifully played and recorded. I would not think it is possible to see the string trio transcription as a replacement for a keyboard version of the Goldberg Variations, but it has a different sound world and makes most enjoyable listening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goldberg Variations 18 July 2012
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This is the first time I've heard the Goldberg Variations BWV988 all the way through. It's a work by J S Bach consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations, first published in 1741. The Variations are named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer. On this CD the arrangements for String Trio are by Dmitry Sitkovetsky, with some changes to his 1984 transcription. By 2009 he felt the time was right to revisit and re-examine his original transcription. Dmitry (Violin) is joined by Yuri Zhislin (viola) and Luigi Piovano (cello) and a very nice sound they make.
To complete the CD, The Trio play 15 Sinfonias BWV787-801, again none of which sounded familiar to me, but having said that, I enjoyed the whole music programme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite 9 April 2013
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My husband bought this for his sister. He loves classical music, and this is one of his favorites from Bach. We were so glad they made it again (we looked for a specific conductor who had done this previuosly but the old CD was no longer in print).
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