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Goldberg Variations


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  • Actors: Andrea Bacchetti
  • Directors: Gian Andrea Lodovici
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UYWGE4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Andrea Bacchetti introduces and performs the Bach works in this DVD/CD set. The CD includes an audio recording of the performance.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 12, 2007
Another set of Goldbergs by another pianist I never heard of? Well, why not, I thought. After all I own more than thirty Goldberg Variation sets and every one has something of value in it. I was not aware until I examined the case carefully that this box contains not one but two performances of the Variations. This is because there are both a DVD and a CD, each containing a performance by Andrea Bacchetti, and they were recorded about a year apart.

First a word about Bacchetti. He is a thirty-year-old Genoese pianist who has been before the public since he made his début with Claudio Scimone and I Solisti Veneti when he was eleven. His career has been centered on Italy and central Europe, although he has performed in the rest of Europe, made a Japanese tour, and has played in the prestigious Dame Myra Hess piano recital series in Chicago. I don't know with whom he studied but I was struck by how much his physical address of the keyboard reminds me of a recently seen DVD of Boris Berezovsky. His technique is exceedingly clean in spite of the fact that he plays with a super-romantic approach with liberal use of the sustaining pedal. Bach's polyphony is crystal clear.

The DVD performance from 2006 was photographed beautifully, with ingenious camera angles that do not interfere with the music. One gets to see his hands for much of the time, always a plus for an old pianist like me, but one rarely sees his pedaling. He plays a gorgeous Fazioli piano set in a beautiful room in the Villa Trissino Marzotti in Vicenza, Italy. Unfortunately the sonic ambience of the room is, to my taste, over-reverberant, which intruded on my enjoyment of Bacchetti's performance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brent Peterson on August 14, 2013
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If your standard for this work is seeing who can set the new land speed record, all the while pounding the hardest, this performance will NOT be for you. Let us acknowledge up front, it is probably the slowest Goldberg ever recorded. But if it's true the piece was composed to help an insomniac, that 'might' point to the conclusion that the Goldberg Variations were meant to be beautiful and lyrical, NOT the grandiose Lisztian extravaganza of fireworks we normally hear.

Bacchetti inserts a few extra period ornaments, very tastefully executed and unobtrusive. They fit the music very well and I am sure would offend neither the 'romantic' nor the 'historically correct' crowd. (And not to kick a dead horse, I can't help but conclude the reason you don't normally hear ornaments in the Goldberg Variations is because they're usually played so d-d fast!)

The ambience is ideal to my ears---medium bright piano with lively acoustics. Camera work faultless. One can see the artist's hands most of the time, with a few shots of his face, the room, the piano innards etc. Overall, beautifully and intelligently presented.

In short, a lyrical interpretation, a little different from what you are used to, but really a must-have for Bach lovers.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James T. Parsons on March 7, 2011
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Dear Friends

I purchased this DVD because I heard it was performed on the Fazioli piano... the other review hits all the high points so I will not comment on the performance other than to say I enjoyed it very much.. I found the video quality on my TV was lacking, it looked more like it was shot with VHS and transfered too disk ? the artistry of the video is very good, I just wish the quality of the video was better.. With my Samsung DVD player the disk goes right into the work and you do not see any options to review the introduction, I had to surf through the chapters to locate the introduction. In the introduction parts of the work were performed on a Steinway D.. I wish the entire DVD had been done on the Steinway as the Fazioli is really all shine and no sound, it has a very vanilla sound quality in my opinion. I will avoid recordings made on the Fazioli in the future if I have the choice.. The producer of this work did a fine job, I hope they will continue to make other piano performances in DVD format.... If you love the Goldberg you will surely enjoy this DVD.
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