JS Bach - Goldberg Variations | Delphian DCD34200

JS Bach - Goldberg Variations


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Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34200

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 18th May 2018



Peter Hill (piano)


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Goldberg Variations, BWV988


Peter Hill (piano)


In the Goldberg Variations Bach answered a modest request – reputedly from an aristocratic patron who wanted music that was ‘soft and somewhat lively’ as a distraction from insomnia – with a work of immense scale and ambition, a great musical journey that traverses a dazzling kaleidoscope of musical styles. The music’s wit and virtuosity is matched by the exquisite contrapuntal tracery of the canons that form the work’s backbone, and by the tragic grandeur of the minor-key variations, which contain some of the most poignant music Bach ever wrote; the homecoming, as Bach ends by returning to the opening Aria, is one of the most moving passages in all music. Peter Hill here continues his acclaimed series of Bach recordings with a searchingly imaginative performance, capturing the music’s zest and its depth of feeling in a reading that is as profoundly poetic as it is beautifully coloured.

Hill’s sixth recording for Delphian, captures the artist at the very height of his powers.

‘Exquisitely poetic and, above all, painterly accounts’ – BBC Music Magazine, September 2013

‘Wonderfully thoughtful, lucid performances … vivid and individual’ – The Guardian, June 2013

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