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JS Bach - Goldberg Variations, BWV988 (LP) | Accentus ACC40372

Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations
Johann Sebastian Bach

12" Album


Label: Accentus

Cat No: ACC40372

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 31st March 2017

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“In this work,” says Zhu Xiao-Mei, “Bach gave musical expression to life in all of its infinite facets.” The Chinese pianist’s name is inextricably linked to that of Johann Sebastian Bach. For Zhu Xiao-Mei the special quality of the Goldberg Variations lies in the fact that all human emotions and feelings find expression here. “I love them above all else, each day a little more, and I have always wanted to share this love with others...”

Since her first pioneering recording of the Goldberg Variations more than twenty years ago, Zhu Xiao-Mei has played the work several hundred times at recitals all over the world. Through the encounter with her audiences she has evolved a new vision of the work, which she is now presenting to listeners in the form of this new recording.

“It is the cyclical character of the work that I believe affects listeners the most. It begins and ends in the same way. And when we again hear the Aria, we have the impression that we have understood something. It is about life and death. The Chinese will quote Lao Tzu: ‘The return is the movement of Tao.’ Christians will talk about eternal life. It is also about the idea that there is no ending. And so there is hope.”

Double LP, 180g vinyl
Running time: ca. 76 min

Track Listing

Track Listing

Disc 1
2Variatio 1 a 1 Clav.1:45
3Variatio 2 a 1 Clav.1:38
4Variatio 3 Canone All'unisuono a 1 Clav.1:44
5Variatio 4 a 1 Clav.1:08
6Variatio 5 a 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.1:31
7Variatio 6 Canone Alla Seconda a 1 Clav.1:31
8Variatio 7 Ŕ 1 Ovvero 2 Clav. Al Tempo Di Giga2:10
9Variatio 8 a 2 Clav.1:51
10Variatio 9 Canone Alla Terza a 1 Clav.1:47
11Variatio 10 Fughetta a 1 Clav.1:39
12Variatio 11 a 2 Clav.1:59
13Variatio 12 Canone Alla Quarta a 1 Clav.2:09
14Variatio 13 a 2 Clav.4:54
15Variatio 14 a 2 Clav.2:08
16Variatio 15 Canone Alla Quinta a 1 Clav.4:12
Disc 2
1Variatio 16 Ouverture a 1 Clav.3:01
2Variatio 17 a 2 Clav.1:51
3Variatio 18 Canone Alla Sexta a 1 Clav.1:31
4Variatio 19 a 1 Clav.1:41
5Variatio 20 a 2 Clav.1:55
6Variatio 21 Canone Alla Settima a 1 Clav.2:47
7Variatio 22 a 1 Clav.1:42
8Variatio 23 a 2 Clav.2:06
9Variatio 24 Canone All'ottava a 1 Clav.2:33
10Variatio 25 Ŕ 2 Clav.7:59
11Variatio 26 a 2 Clav.2:09
12Variatio 27 Canone Alla Nona a 2 Clav.1:46
13Variatio 28 a 2 Clav.2:34
14Variatio 29 a 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.2:07
15Variatio 30 Quodlibet a 1 Clav.1:54
16Aria Da Capo2:26

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