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Bach: Goldberg Variations

Stepan Simonian

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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988  
1
Aria
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
4:28
2
Variation No. 1
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:51
3
Varitiation No. 2
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:28
4
Variation No. 3. Canon all'Unisuono
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
2:03
5
Variation No. 4
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:00
6
Variation No. 5
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:19
7
Variation No. 6. Canone alla Seconda
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:33
8
Variation No. 7. Tempo di Giga
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:41
9
Variation No. 8
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:46
10
Variation No. 9. Canone alla Terza
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
2:08
11
Variation No. 10
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:30
12
Variation No. 11
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:49
13
Variation No. 12. Canone alla Quarta
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
2:09
14
Variation No. 13
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
5:57
15
Variation No. 14
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
2:06
16
Variation No. 15. Canone alla Quinta
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
5:03
17
Variation No. 16. Ouverture
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
3:00
18
Variation No. 17
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
2:09
19
Variation No. 18. Canone alla Sesta
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:37
20
Variation No. 19
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:06
21
Variation No. 20
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:53
22
Variation No. 21. Canone alla Settima
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
3:10
23
Variation No. 22. Alla Breve
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:35
24
Variation No. 23
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
2:06
25
Variation No. 24. Canone all'Ottava
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
2:42
26
Variation No. 25. Adagio
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
8:54
27
Variation No. 26
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
3:01
28
Variation No. 27. Canone alla Nona
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:54
29
Variation No. 28
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
2:14
30
Variation No. 29
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
2:16
31
Variation No. 30. Quodlibet
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
1:46
32
Aria da Capo
Johann Sebastian Bach; Stepan Simonian
2:22
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    79:36
“Johann Sebastian Bach was a true 'essence' of music: a composer who brought literally everything together in his output, bridging all periods from Gregorian chant almost all the way to Viennese Classicism. In his seven early keyboard toccatas we encounter a young man gifted with genius, enriched by a multitude of musical influences, and still tempted to adapt to the musical developments of his day.

By the time he wrote the Goldberg Variations, everything was different: Bach had become a great master who, as his contemporaries saw it, wrote music that was somewhat outmoded (which, I assume, is the reason why he did not become as popular and well-known as, say, Telemann or Handel). Among colleagues, however, Bach’s output was regarded with the highest esteem. His trajectory as a composer followed its own evident, immanent logic. Starting with this variation cycle, he wrote a series of works we can - and should - now view as the musical legacy he intended to leave to posterity (a series of works that included The Musical Offering).

Musical cycles such as The Well-Tempered Clavier, The Musical Offering or The Art of Fugue constitute the ne plus ultra in terms of Bach’s mastery of instrumental polyphony. The Goldberg Variations, conversely, present a compendium of his skill in composing variations.

Since this variation cycle is written for a two-manual harpsichord, we can assume that Bach himself regarded it as an important milestone in his art as a performer on that instrument. Whether this supposition be true or not, there is no doubt that the Goldberg Variations represent one of the most outstanding works in the entire musical repertoire.

As in every great work of art, the essence of the Goldberg Variations is so multi-faceted, versatile, ineffable, and unspeakably sublime that the only way a musician can truly approach this extraordinary work is, fortunately, by performing it.

The 'Aria' with different Veranderungen (changes or variations) is a journey that takes a lifetime. In my life, this recording is a personal part of the path I have chosen. If someone else would like to join me for a step of the way, I’ll be glad to welcome them.”
- Stepan Simonian
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