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J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (Live)

András Schiff

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Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations"  
1
Aria
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:47
2
Variatio 1, a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:51
3
Variatio 2, a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:23
4
Variatio 3, Canone all'Unisono a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:03
5
Variatio 4, a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:03
6
Variatio 5, a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:33
7
Variatio 6, Canone alla Seconda a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:21
8
Variatio 7, a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:33
9
Variatio 8, a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:43
10
Variatio 9, Canone alla Terza a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:27
11
Variatio 10, Fughetta a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:35
12
Variatio 11, a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:01
13
Variatio 12, Canone alla Quarta
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:56
14
Variatio 13, a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
4:13
15
Variatio 14, a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:00
16
Variatio 15, Canone alla Quinta in moto contrario
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:54
17
Variatio 16, Ouverture a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:37
18
Variatio 17, a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:11
19
Variatio 18, Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:16
20
Variatio 19, a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:21
21
Variatio 20, a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:50
22
Variatio 21, Canone alla Settima
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:51
23
Variatio 22, Alla breve a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:51
24
Variatio 23, a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:08
25
Variatio 24, Canone all'Ottava a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:17
26
Variatio 25, a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
6:55
27
Variatio 26, a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:06
28
Variatio 27, Canone alla Nona
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:38
29
Variatio 28, a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
2:49
30
Variatio 29, a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:47
31
Variatio 30, Quodlibet a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
1:21
32
Aria da Capo
Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff
3:56
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:17
"... generally excellent, as are ECM’s sonics ... it’s impossible to deny Schiff’s commanding stature as a Bach pianist or his ability to shape this music exactly as it pleases him. Chances are he will please you as well."
- ClassicsToday.com

"Schiff now attacks where (Glenn) Gould was strongest, in the Goldberg Variations and he beats, or at least equals, him here, thereby gaining entrée to space on top of the tallest column in the Bach district of Parnassus ..."
- MusicWeb International

"Admirers of his piano style will know what to expect; the way in which he shapes the very first bars of the theme will seem subtlely poetic ... admire the constant finesse of the playing, the delicately coloured range of sounds he draws from his Bösendorfer and the musicianship that informs every phrase."
- The Guardian

This highly-praised album was recorded at a live performance by pianist András Schiff in October 2001 in Basel, Switzerland, his second time tackling these landmark pieces. Critics have dubbed this album Schiff's "new and improved" performance of the Goldberg Variations.

"This is one of those few journeys that can be repeated again and again."
- András Schiff
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Concert recording, October 30, 2001 Stadtcasino, Basel
Tonmeister: Stephan Schellmann
Cover: Jan Jedli∫ka
Photo: Roberto Masotti
Design: Sascha Kleis
Executive producer: Manfred Eicher

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