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Bach: Goldberg Variations /Pinnock (harpsichord) Import

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B0000057CK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,277 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Aria
  2. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 1
  3. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 2
  4. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 3 Canon All'Unisono
  5. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 4
  6. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 5
  7. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 6 Canone Alla Seconda
  8. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 7 Al Tempo Di Giga
  9. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 8
  10. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 9 Canone Alla Terza
  11. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 10 Fughetta
  12. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 11
  13. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 12 Canone Alla Quarta
  14. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 13
  15. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 14
  16. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 15 Canone Alla Quinta
  17. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 16 Ov
  18. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 17
  19. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 18: Canone Alla Sesta
  20. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 19
  21. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 20
  22. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 21 Canone Alla Settima
  23. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 22 Alla Breve
  24. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 23
  25. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 24 Canone All'Ottava
  26. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 25 Adagio
  27. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 26
  28. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 27 Canone Alla Nona
  29. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 28
  30. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 29
  31. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Var 30 Quodlibet
  32. Goldberg Vars, BWV 988: Aria Da Capo

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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
This excellent disc has now been reissued at mid-price: Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988; Italian Concerto, BWV 971 (DG The Originals).

This classic account of the Goldberg variations by Trevor Pinnock remains my favourite harpsichord version by a long way. Now more than 30 years old, it has lost none of its vigour, delight and depth of insight. Pinnock has established himself as one of the great interpreters and performers of Baroque music, particularly Bach, and this recording is a cornerstone of that reputation. Even then he had an fabulous understanding of the music and the technique to allow that understanding to shine through. Each variation is beautifully judged and is a joy to listen to, the Aria has a limpid loveliness which is not easy to achieve on the harpsichord and the whole thing is a joy. The recorded sound is excellent and allows Pinnock's performance to really shine.

If you have a rooted objection to the harpsichord you may not enjoy this disc, but I would still urge you to try it - it is a revelation in what can be achieved on the instrument. I have a number of very fine recordings of the Goldbergs but this remains one of my very favourites and I recommend it very warmly.
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By A Customer on 27 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful recording by perhaps the greatest modern harpsichordist. The sound quality is a bit crisp at times, but this recording is over 15 years old. A must listen.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b121150) out of 5 stars Also available as part of three CD set 2 Jun. 2007
By Graham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Note that this fine 1980 Pinnock recording of the Goldberg Variations is also available (at a significantly lower price) as part of a three CD Pinnock collection, Bach: 6 Partitas; Goldberg Variations; French Overture; Italian Concerto

That Trio collection also includes Pinnock's 1985 recording of Bach's Six Partitas, a 1979 French Overture and a 1984 Italian Concerto.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b1211a4) out of 5 stars A comprehensive and ingenious performance. 20 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Trevor Pinnock gives us an introspective and intelligent reading of the Goldbergs on the harpsichord. Pinnock's genius effortlessly delivers the full range, from naivete to reminiscence, from gaiety to pathos, demanded by this great work.
Repeats are observed selectively, so purists may be displeased, but in my opinion Pinnock's interpretation works perfectly.
I would recommend owning both this disc and Glenn Gould's landmark 1981 reading. In my opinion, Pinnock outdoes Leonhardt's Goldbergs by a large margin.
This is one of my "desert island" discs, without any doubt.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b121378) out of 5 stars Another Trevor Pinnock masterpiece 10 Feb. 2007
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I became enamoured of Trevor Pinnock's masterly harpsichordism (new word?) with his Archiv recording of JS Bach's Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue, English Suite no. 3, French Suite no. 5 and 3 preludes and fugues from the WTC.

I was brought up on Landowska and have measured Bach on keyboard by her towering standard. Pinnock is certainly in the same league as Landowska. I do not find his playing of the Golbergs 'too fast' as another reviewer commented. He plays in many tempi, from breathtakingly fast to pensively slow and everything in between, as befits such a great masterpiece as this.

For a time I was under the spell of Glenn Gould's pianoforte Bach. And Gould is a towering genius, to be sure. But I supremely enjoy Bach on the harpsichord, and Pinnock's prestidigitation is for me an unsurpassed listening experience.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b12127c) out of 5 stars One of TWO fivers! 13 Sept. 2006
By Gio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As the reviewer of 1998 said, this could well be a "desert island" choice! The art here is Pinnock's conception of the whole succession of variations: each has its precise character. Pinnock is a superb technical player; you could set your metronome to him rather than vice-versa. On the other hand, if you want passionate fluidity, I'd recommend the Bob van Asperen recording... hard to find but worthwhile. Two Goldbergs on a desert isle? Yes, it wouldn't get boring. But you can leave the Glen Gould at home; of all the Bach harpsichord music, the Goldberg Variations are the most transparent and idiomatic. On piano, they sound like samplings of streetcars passing through a tunnel.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Meatball - Published on Amazon.com
I have several versions of the Goldberg Variations both for piano and harpsichord. I believe the musical "phrases" and punctuation for the Goldberg variations are best realized and appreciated on the Harpsichord. Trevor Pinnock's interpretations is outstanding in this regard. It is not muddled or overly painted with inflection, it is what it is. I have a recording of the same by Hantai-which although beautiful does not communicate the same degree of sharp punctuation as does this CD. At such a modest price, you simply cant go wrong.
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