JS Bach - Goldberg Variations | Warner 9029588018

JS Bach - Goldberg Variations


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Label: Warner

Cat No: 9029588018

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 24th February 2017



Beatrice Rana (piano)


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Goldberg Variations, BWV988


Beatrice Rana (piano)


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.”


[Beatrice Rana’s] detailing is one of the aspects that makes this performance so compelling, be it the bringing out of a new line in the repeat, subtle changes in phrasing, a touch of pedal – examples are to be found in every single variation. Dynamics are used to reinforce the mini-drama of a single number... Her application of ornaments is also wonderfully fresh, though ‘application’ gives completely the wrong impression, as the effect is unfailingly organic and ranges from the sublime to the cheeky. ... After a Quodlibet that rejoices in its simple good humour, the return of the Aria is as emotionally multifaceted as you would expect – mysterious, quizzical, noble, resigned, hopeful – setting the seal on a life-affirming disc.  Harriet Smith
Gramophone April 2017
Beatrice Rana’s live performances have divided opinion, but this recording creates a wholly individual, inward mood. She cultivates an extremely wide range of sound, in some variations as hard-hitting as Glenn Gould, at others dreamy and serene. ... she galvanises the final variations into an exuberant, moving sequence before returning to the peace of the aria with utter calm.  Nicholas Kenyon
The Observer 19 March 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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