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Bach: Goldberg Variations

Mahan Esfahani

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Aria With 30 Variations, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations"  
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Aria
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
3:50
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Variatio 1 a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
2:02
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Variatio 2 a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
1:25
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Variatio 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all'Unisono
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
2:38
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Variatio 4 a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
1:08
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Variatio 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
1:33
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Variatio 6 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
1:09
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Variatio 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav. Al tempo di Giga
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
1:51
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Variatio 8 a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
2:02
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Variatio 9 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
2:26
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Variatio 10 a 1 Clav. Fughetta
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
1:36
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Variatio 11 a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
1:58
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Variatio 12 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quarta
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
2:22
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Variatio 13 a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
5:02
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Variatio 14 a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
2:07
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Variatio 15 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta. Andante
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
4:19
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Variatio 16 a 1 Clav. Ouverture
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
3:05
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Variatio 17 a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
1:54
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Variatio 18 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Sesta
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
1:36
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Variatio 19 a 1 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
1:12
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Variatio 20 a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
2:02
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Variatio 21 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Settima
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
2:47
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Variatio 22 a 1 Clav. Alla breve
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
1:33
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Variatio 23 a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
2:21
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Variatio 24 a 1 Clav. Canone all'Ottava
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
3:42
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Variatio 25 a 2 Clav. Adagio
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
6:45
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Variatio 26 a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
1:58
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Variatio 27 a 2 Clav. Canone alla Nona
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
1:43
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Variatio 28 a 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
2:22
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Variatio 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
2:10
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Variatio 30 a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
1:49
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Aria da capo
Johann Sebastian Bach; Mahan Esfahani
4:11
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    78:38
Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani approaches one of the greatest masterpieces of the Baroque repertoire with fresh eyes: Bach’s incomparable Goldberg Variations, presented in a unique virtuosic way.

"I cannot deny that I find a great deal of narrative and life beyond the score when I play (the Goldberg Variations). Coming in the last decade of the composer’s life, they offer us a view both of someone looking back on his decades-long aesthetic transformation and of an innovative and sensitive musician responding to new trends and techniques around him."
- Mahan Esfahani
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Deutschlandradio / Deutsche Grammophon Studio Masters

A co-production with Deutschlandfunk
Recording: Cologne, Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, 4/2016
Executive Producers: Maider Múgica, Angelika Meissner (Deutsche Grammophon), Dr. Christiane Lehnigk (Deutschlandfunk)
Producer: Christoph Claßen
Recording Engineer (Tonmeister): Michael Morawietz
Project Manager: Anna-Lena Rodewald
Project Coordinator: Malene Hill Harpsichord Technician: Simon Neal
Booklet Editor: Eva Zöllner
Translations of Forkel quotes taken from The New Bach Reader, edited by Hans T. David and Arthur Mendel, rev. Christoph Wolff, W. W. Norton & Co., 1998 · Gilles Cantagrel, Bach en son temps, Paris, Fayard, 1997 (translation by Félix Grenier)
Suits designed by Cian McAuliffe for Beggars Run, London · Glasses by Warby Parker
Cover and Artist Photos _ Bernhard Musil
Illustrations: _ bpk / BnF, Dist. RMN-GP / image BnF (title-page of the “Goldberg” Variations), _ bpk / Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Notenbüchlein)
Design: Mareike Walter

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