Bach Bwv 988

Duo Mélisande - Bach: The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2014) [Official Digital Download]

Duo Mélisande - Bach: The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 51:35 minutes | 510 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

„The title „Goldberg Variations“, arose from a story, now thought to be doubtful, that they were commissioned for the 14 year old harpsichordist Johann Gottlieb Goldberg to play. In 1802, the first biographer of J.S Bach, Johann Nicolaus Forkel, wrote that they were the 'model according to which all variations should be made'. The work has long been regarded as the most important set of variations composed in the baroque era. In the accompanying booklet to this CD, both Sebastien Llinares and Gilles Cantagrel cover the subject of Bach being transcribed. So called 'purists' should beware because nobody transcribed Bach's music like Bach himself - from violin to lute, from lute to harpsichord etc.“
Silke Strauf & Claas Harders - J.S. Bach: Goldberg-Variationen BWV 988 für 2 Violen da Gamba (2009)

Silke Strauf & Claas Harders - J.S. Bach: Goldberg-Variationen BWV 988 für 2 Violen da Gamba (2009)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | Covers Included | 01:11:34 | 189 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Raumklang

Für den kaiserlichen Gesandten in Dresden, Hermann Graf Keyserlingk, sollen die Goldberg-Variationen entstanden sein. Der Graf habe, wie Bach-Biograph Nikolaus Forkel schreibt, die Musik bei Bach bestellt in der Hoffnung, „daß er dadurch in seinen schlaflosen Nächten ein wenig aufgeheitert werden könnte.“ Diese Bearbeitung der Goldberg-Variationen für zwei Gamben setzt die Reihe der schon bestehenden Transkriptionen fort.

Bach - Goldberg Variationen, BWV 988 (Wolfgang Gluxam) [2001]  Music

Posted by Aregak at Feb. 18, 2017
Bach - Goldberg Variationen, BWV 988 (Wolfgang Gluxam) [2001]

Bach - Goldberg Variationen, BWV 988 (Wolfgang Gluxam) [2001]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 492.32 MB
Classical | Label: ORF | Catalog Number: CD270 | TT: 77’35

Die Goldberg-Variationen sind ein Höhepunkt barocker Variationskunst. Jeder Einzelsatz besitzt seinen ganz eigenen Charakter. Der Zusammenhang der Variationen untereinander ergibt sich durch das gemeinsame Bassthema und durch einen planvollen Gesamtaufbau des Werkes mit regelmäßig eingefügten, in den Oberstimmen streng kanonischen Sätzen.
Pierre Hantai - Johann Sebastian Bach: Variations Goldberg, BWV 988 (2003)

Pierre Hantaï - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2003)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 510 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR 9945 | Time: 01:18:28

Bach’s Goldberg Variations have played a central role in harpsichordist Pierre Hantai’s musical life since his early youth. At 28 he recorded the work for the Opus 111 label (now available on Naïve), a highly acclaimed release that stands among the work’s choice versions. Over the past 11 years Hantai evidently has rethought and refined his interpretation, as revealed in this 2003 remake. There’s greater rhythmic freedom and variety of articulation, plus a more subjective approach to ornaments and agogics, especially in the repeats (he observes all but those in Variation 15, 25, and the Aria Da Capo; the 1992 recording honors all repeats save for Variation 25). Variations previously characterized through Hantai’s seamless legato technique (Nos. 3, 6, 8, 11, 17, and 18, for example) are further enlivened by detaché finger strokes and more inflected phrasings. The latter infuse Variations 7, 10, and 16 with greater resilience and rhythmic verve than their earlier counterparts.
Beatrice Rana - Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Beatrice Rana - Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 77:28 minutes | 2.52 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

For her second Warner Classics release, young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana turns to a pinnacle of the solo keyboard repertoire and a composer she has described as “my first love”: Johann Sebastian Bach. Her interpretation of his epic Goldberg Variations bears out Le Monde’s judgement that “Beatrice Rana certainly has nothing left to prove when it comes to technique, but what makes an impression are her calm maturity and her sense of architecture,” and Gramophone’s that she is “a fully developed artist of a stature that belies her tender years.”

Beatrice Rana - Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2017)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Feb. 24, 2017
Beatrice Rana - Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2017)

Beatrice Rana - Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2017)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:17:52 | 180 MB
Label: Warner Classics | Release Year: 2017

For her second Warner Classics release, young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana turns to a pinnacle of the solo keyboard repertoire and a composer she has described as “my first love”: Johann Sebastian Bach. Her interpretation of his epic Goldberg Variations bears out Le Monde’s judgement that “Beatrice Rana certainly has nothing left to prove when it comes to technique, but what makes an impression are her calm maturity and her sense of architecture,” and Gramophone’s that she is “a fully developed artist of a stature that belies her tender years.” Bach was the composer who most obsessed Beatrice Rana as a child, and in a recent interview with Pianist magazine, she confessed that it would be his music, and above all the Goldberg Variations, that she would choose if she had to devote her life to a single composer. As she said: “I’m very happy to be going back to Bach … It’s best to avoid Bach in competitions … you can’t expose yourself to be totally killed by the jury! But Bach is my first love; now I am allowed to play it in public and I’m really looking forward to that.”
Bach - Goldberg-Variationen BWV 988 (Gustav Leonhardt) [2012 / 1978]

Bach - Goldberg-Variationen BWV 988 (Gustav Leonhardt) [2012 / 1978]
Classical |EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | Label: DHM
Catalog Number: 88691 95307 2 | 1cd, 316.78 MB

He was born in 's-Graveland, North Holland and studied organ and harpsichord from 1947 to 1950 with Eduard Müller at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. In 1950, he made his debut as a harpsichordist in Vienna, where he studied musicology. He was professor of harpsichord at the Academy of Music from 1952 to 1955 and at the Amsterdam Conservatory from 1954. He was also a church organist.
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Celine Frisch, Cafe Zimmermann, Dominique Visse - J.S. Bach: Variations Goldberg, 14 Canons, Quodlibet (2001) 2CD

J.S. Bach - Variations Goldberg BWV 988, 14 Canons BWV 1087, Les chansons allemandes de la Variation 30 (Quodlibet) (2001)
Céline Frisch, clavecin Anthony Sidey; Ensemble Instrumental Café Zimmermann; Dominique Visse, contre-tenor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 620 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 293 Mb | Time: 01:42:11
Genre: Classical | Label: Alpha | # 014

Here is a package that satisfies intellectual curiosity and is musically delightful. This two-disc set begins with a precise, but still musical, harpsichord performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations by Céline Frisch. Her Aria is clean, with both the melody and the bass line countermelody clear and phrased so that everything comes together well. Her ornaments fit naturally into the melodies throughout the variations, without drawing attention away from the tune, and she always has a sense of direction and forward momentum. The second disc contains the 14 canons on the first eight notes of the bass of the Aria from the Goldberg Variations and the two songs that are contained in the quodlibet near the end of the Variations. The canons are rich and warm performed by Café Zimmermann, a string sextet that includes a double bass, with excellent contrasts in the feel of each canon. The song Cabbages and Turnips Have Driven Me Away is the highlight of the two discs. Period instruments accompany Dominique Visse as he sings about a hunter bringing a girl home to meet his mother. Visse switches from a jolly, idiomatic tenor voice for the hunter to a smooth alto for the girl, and a slightly grating alto for the mother, often in mid-verse.
Ketil Haugsand - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2002) [Upgrade]

Ketil Haugsand - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 497 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 91 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Simax | # PSC 1192 | Time: 01:10:52

The title alone is enough to make the heart beat a little faster. It is not coincidental that many music lovers have just this work as a centre in their private musical universe, a piece they return to again and again, always to find something new. A set of variations which stretches the limits; old man Bach with the powers to make the variation-form a display of pure music. This release concludes Ketil Haugsand"s recordings of all Bach"s "Clavierübung" on harpsichord for Simax Classics. The two earlier releases became reference recordings over-night, and Goldberg really is the jewel of the crown. As always Haugsand"s interpretation is no scratching the surface, but taking you through to the deeper layers of this music in breathing and singing phrases, along the map drawn up by Bach.
Johann Sebastian Bach - Goldberg Variations BWV 988  (Ragna Schirmer)

Johann Sebastian Bach - Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (Ragna Schirmer)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 2 Cd, Covers | 349 Mb
Date: 2000

An air of leisure, if not outright luxury, pervades pianist Ragna Schirmer's 1999 recording of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations. From the deluxe double-disc packaging – many Goldberg recordings make do with only one CD – to the taking of all repeats, this is a set for dedicated listeners who have ample time to appreciate the subtleties of Bach's art of variation, and the patience to devote nearly 87 minutes to hearing this work straight through. It would be unfair to suggest that Schirmer plays the variations too slowly, or that the performance is in any way sluggish or tedious because she takes her time. Indeed, she is quite capable of imparting a feeling of virtuosity and brilliance as she skillfully works her way through the embellishments and the trickier passages of Bach's elaborate counterpoint, …….
Blair Sanderson @ AllMusic