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Goldberg Variations

Dong-Hyek Lim Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Aria - Andante espressivo 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 1 - Allegro moderato 1:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 2 - Allegretto0:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 3 - Canone all'unisuono (Poco andante, ma con moto) 1:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 4 - L'istesso movimento0:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 5 - Allegro vivace0:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 6 - Canone alla seconda (Allegretto)0:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 7 - Un poco vivace 1:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 8 - Allegro0:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 9 - Canone alla terza (Moderato) 1:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 10 - Fughetta (Un poco animato) 1:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 11 - Allegro e leggiero 1:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 12 - Canone alla quarta in moto contrario (Allegretto moderato) 1:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 13 - Andantino 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 14 - Allegro moderato 1:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 15 - Canone alla quinta in moto contratrio (Andante) 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 16 - Ouverture (Maestoso - Allegretto) 1:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 17 - Allegro0:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 18 - Canone alla sesta (Con moto) 1:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 19 - Allegro vivace 1:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 20 - Allegro0:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 21 - Canone alla settima (Andante con moto) 1:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 22 - Alla breve 1:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 23 - Allegro moderato 1:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 24 - Canone all'ottava (Allegretto con moto) 1:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 25 - Andante espressivo 5:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen27. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 26 - Allegro0:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen28. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 27 - Canone alla nona (Un poco vivace)0:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen29. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 28 - Allegro 1:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen30. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 29 - Brillante0:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen31. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Variation 30 - Quodlibet (Moderato) 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen32. Goldberg Variations BWV988: Aria da capo - Andante espressivo 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen33. Chaconne (from Partita No. 2 for violin, BWV 1004) (arr. Busoni)16:01Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0018NIQ8G
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful rendition by Lim July 8, 2008
By Edmond
Format:Audio CD
Here's the long-waiting third studio album by young Korean pianist Lim, Dong-Hyek. Probably there have been lots of doubtful guesses around his new Bach recording, but don't worry, HE DID IT AGAIN. Through every track, he just shows what he really can do so well. It's a elegant and tender, but not soft or weak Bach, no doubt. This young genius handles every melody so simply, but with dramatic approach. Maybe he never got the chance to reveal his virtuosic techniques, but his sensitivity and musicality still stand out for an entire moment. Another brilliant performance for Lim.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I was initially somewhat skeptical of this recording, and bought it mainly because I had read that it was a romanticized Goldberg, with a lot more rubato than normal (normally there is none). This made it an interesting buy, as it is always entertaining to watch accidents in the making. But I found no accidents here, only the sheer delight of a young prodigy putting a fresh spin on an old masterpiece. I suppose you could say that Lim introduces a fair amount of rubato into the work, mainly on the slower variations, but it is far less than I had been led to believe. Nevertheless, in those spots where he does introduce it, he injects a refreshing lyricism into the work, which provides an excellent contrast to the faster variations.

The variations are played effortlessly, and with a rather quick tempo, but not hurriedly. Maybe this is a subjective judgment, but there seems to be a certain plucky confidence to his playing, but not over-confidence. This is a fresh and effortless performance; there is no hesitation or tentativeness present anywhere. Listening carefully, one can even hear him beginning the next variation almost before he has let up on the final chord of the previous one, in several places. This is barely perceptible, but if you listen, you will see what I mean. My first impression was incredulity. But, amazingly, it works, and it lends greater flow and movement to the work.

The Chaconne is an additional delight. It is beautiful and introspective. The Chaconne even eclipses the Variations, giving the disc a rather darker, moodier atmosphere. I can sense that the Chaconne will easily become the main attraction on this disc for most listeners.

I recommend this to anyone looking for an original and exhuberant version of the Goldberg Variations.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Performance September 3, 2008
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The other reviewers (who are absolutely on the mark re Lim's nuanced and superb playing of the Goldbergs) did not comment on the disk's amazing final track, Busoni's transcription of Bach's Chaconne in D Minor from the Partita No. 2 for unaccompanied violin.

I own or have heard many recordings of this marvelous chaconne, and Lim's tops them all. His recording of this great piece of music is nothing short of thrilling. DOWNLOAD IT NOW - You won't be sorry!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This young South Korean pianist is a new name to me. He started piano lessons young, and began winning competition prizes young, too. That would make him familiar among the younger players insofar as he is making the commitments needed to keep going in the face of competitions, early concerts, and the mixed pressures that always seem to be brought to bear on any young musician anywhere near to being a prodigy.

His win in South Korea got him sent to Moscow to study, first at the youth music school, then at the famed Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory as the youngest student who had ever matriculated there. He's attractive no doubt, and musical no doubt; chances are that if Tchaikovsky still taught there, he might have caught the composer's eye and ear. He kept entering competitions, and took prizes in the Busoni and other forums. By 2001, he won first prize in the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud competition in Paris, also being awarded an additional five other competition awards. He has been giving public concerts for a while now, and this disc is actually his third disc for EMI Classics. The first recording (2002) was in the EMI series called, Martha Argerich Presents. That one won the French Diapason d'Or award. Then he did a second (2004) EMI disc of Chopin, winning another French award, The Choc du monde of Le Monde de la Musique. This third EMI disc is him playing JS Bach.

It is very risky, indeed, for a player so young to tackle the Goldberg Variations. To be sure, Bach's commission was from Count Keyserling, meant to be played during long insomniac nights by the count's young assistant. Nevertheless, the composer did not stint on technical, nor musical challenges.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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If you're like me you already have more Goldbergs recordings than you think you could possibly need, especially since too many of them (Dinnerstein, Perahia, etc) are more the product of industry hype than music for the ages. Some of the very best recordings (Dershavina, Schepkin) you've probably never even heard of. I doubt you've heard of Dong Hyek Lim either, but this recording by a young Korean protege' of Martha Argerich is among the very best. Perfect legato, a powerful technique when needed, but most of all a passionate love for the music
itself. Pretty male asian pianists are a dime a dozen but Dong Hyek Lim is the real thing. His Chopin is outstanding, too; look him up on YouTube.
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