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Bach: Goldberg Variations (Arr. F. Meïmoun for String Quartet)

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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Arr. F. Meïmoun for String Quartet)  
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Aria
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
3:58
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Var. 1
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
1:54
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Var. 2
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
1:36
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Var. 3, Canone all'unisuono
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:07
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Var. 4
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
1:00
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Var. 5
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
1:37
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Var. 6, Canone alla seconda
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
1:41
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Var. 7
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:34
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Var. 8
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:03
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Var. 9, Canone alla terza
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:11
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Var. 10, Fughetta
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
1:31
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Var. 11
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:00
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Var. 12, Canone alla quarta
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:02
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Var. 13
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
4:51
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Var. 14
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:08
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Var. 15, Canone alla quinta
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
4:26
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Var. 16, Ouverture
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:56
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Var. 17
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:15
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Var. 18, Canone alla sesta
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
1:40
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Var. 19
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
1:18
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Var. 20
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:08
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Var. 21, Canone alla settima
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
3:10
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Var. 22, Alla breve
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
1:17
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Var. 23
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:14
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Var. 24, Canone all'ottava
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:31
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Var. 25
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
8:17
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Var. 26
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
1:58
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Var. 27, Canone alla nona
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:08
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Var. 28
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:12
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Var. 29
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:36
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Var. 30, Quodlibet
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
1:52
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Aria da capo
Johann Sebastian Bach; François Meïmoun; Quatuor Ardeo
2:34
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    78:45
The transcription of the Goldberg Variations took place within a context of total respect for the original text. No change of notes or rhythms. The transcription is based on an “orchestration” of the text for four string players. As in an orchestra, all the instruments in the string quartet are not systematically required simultaneously: variations for two, three, or four instruments follow in succession.

This redistribution of the material enables new lines to be heard that are often difficult to hear within the uniform sound context of the piano or harpsichord. The Goldberg Variations are a model of polyphonic writing, a synthesis of Bach’s art and contrapunctal mastery: the fugue, the canon, the French overture … Nevertheless, the work cannot be reduced to some mere austere exercise: the dances that permeate the cycle confer a superior dimension of accomplishment to the twilight of the baroque era.
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