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Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (CD plus score) - Rosalyn Tureck Enhanced


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  • Audio CD (March 9, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00000I93R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria
2. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 1. a 1 Clav.
3. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 2. a 1 Clav.
4. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 3. Canone all'Unisuono a 1 Clav.
5. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 4. a 1 Clav.
6. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 5. a 1 o vero 2 Clav.
7. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 6. Canone alla Seconda a 1 Clav.
8. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 7. a 1 o vero 2 Clav. (al tempo di Giga)
9. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 8. a 2 Clav.
10. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 9. Canone alla Terza a 1 Clav.
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Disc: 2
1. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 16. Ouverture a 1 Clav.
2. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 17. a 2 Clav.
3. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 18. Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.
4. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 19. a 1 Clav.
5. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 20. a 2 Clav.
6. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 21. Canone alla Settima (a 1 Clav.)
7. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 22. a 1 Clav. (alla breve)
8. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 23. a 2 Clav.
9. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 24. Canone all'Ottava a 1 Clav.
10. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variatio 25. a 2 Clav. (Adagio)
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Product Description

Users with a computer can follow the score on screen and call up illustrated articles on Bach and his times and interactive musical analyses that are stored as text. They can format and print out the music, make additions to the score, which can be addedin color, if desired. They can produce MIDI files of the work to practice with and to create personal interpretations. Texts are available in English, German, French, and Spanish versions.in color, if desired. They can produce MIDI files of the work to practice with and to create personal interpretations. Texts are available in English, German, French, and Spanish versions.
Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 9-MAR-1999

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Rosalyn Tureck whimsically referred to this sixth of her recorded Goldbergs as a "mature interpretation." Older, in this case, doesn't always mean wiser. She still clarifies and shapes Bach's intricate counterpoint like few pianists in history, but her ponderous tempos compromise the music's variety and cumulative impact. Interweaving right-hand canonic lines emerge from hermetically sealed isolation booths, rather than mesh in an effortless dance. On the other hand, ornamental touches emerge with new freshness and organic motion, as well as Tureck's subtly varied repeats--all observed save for the Aria Da Capo. What's more, PC users can access essays, pictures, and the full musical score from these discs. For a warmer, quicker, and more communicative Tureck Goldberg, though, stick with her 1994 recording on VAI. --Jed Distler

Customer Reviews

What you have here is the best Goldberg on record.
Tommy Nielsen
The CD cover says something like this : "she makes us think her way of interpretation is THE way to play Bach: this is the hallmark of a great artist".
Leonardo
I recommend these (2) CDs with unbounded enthusiasm and quite without reservation.
Dermot Elworthy

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dermot Elworthy on December 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I am old enough to remember the stir caused in musical circles by the release of Glenn Gould's 1955 "Goldbergs". I liked his performances then and I like them now.

Bach wrote only two works in the Chaconne or Passacaglia idiom. It often is claimed that the Goldberg Variations are similarly based but that is incorrect. True, the fundamental harmony is unchanging and the variations are based on this rather than on the melody which more usually is the case but the work is not a Passacaglia. Nor is it, as has been described, a "seemingly mechanical sequence of elaborations". One has to suppose that that particular reviewer had heard only mechanically sequential performances for there is absolutely nothing remotely mechanical about these variations - unlike many of the banal and predictable offerings from Handel and a few others. Bach's Goldbergs are the very pinnacle of development of the Variation as a musical form and, as with the "Vom Himmel hoch" variations for organ (also canonic), he has exploited the art to its limits. The only other set of variations to come close in such creativity is the Brahms Opus 24 and appearing well over a hundred years later.

The interpretations of Rosalyn Tureck, leaving aside such obvious differences as tempi etc., are not widely dissimilar to those of Gould and it is easy to see why the latter preferred her approach to that of others. In a sense, they have both arrived at much the same point but by very different routes; Gould through his highly individual genius, Tureck by profound scholarship.

After half a century of listening to Gould's offerings, I feel I have outgrown his exagerated mannerisms, become irritated by the sour notes from his over-regulated piano and find his humming tiresome.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rubén on July 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Like so many others weaned on Gould's versions, at first listen this was a disappointment. Once you downshift though, Tureck's cerebral, yet beautiful playing soon overwhelmed me. Just like Arrau, she plays each note and phrase with much thought and subtelty. The recording quality is excellent. A wonderful listen to this is late at night....
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2000
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Slow and melancholical are the words i'd use for this performance. I can't imagine anything more beautiful than this. The absolute opposite of Gould's 1955 performance.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bernstein on October 13, 2004
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Tureck's performance is characterized by slower than usual tempi, but with a resulting clarity that struck me as spiritual, over and over. The tempi make this an unusual, even a unique performance. It might not be the version that everyone will turn to as their primary choice, but the revelations brought out by the pianist make this a performance that I will be returning to frequently. I own the two Gould recordings and the one by Charles Rosen. I consider Rosen's the finest "conventional" piano performance I know, but I wouldn't be without Tureck's gem.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo on May 10, 2005
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What an amazing recording !!!!!!!!! I was accustomed to fast recordings like Perahia and Hewitt. Then I listened to it. At the beggining I was surprissed by its slow tempi. But then I added what other listeners perhaps don`t have: patience. Patience to listen what a lifelong experience has to say about this paramount work. Only with patience you begin to discover the reasures Tureck offers to us. His phrasing. She has a way of adding the exact volume to each note, in such a way that she persuades us his interpretion is reference. It is coherent and absorbing. It is spontaneus in many times eg in the "slow" variations. She also adds nice ornaments within a section (not among repeats, I think). She is a master of details: she handles dinamics in such a way her tempi are NOT dragging. I love the piano sound she makes: a piano sound, but that makes us to remember a certain "harpsichord - like" character. Slow tempi? sometimes, sure. Other tempi are just a bit more moderate than usual. That lets us to unveil with great clarity Bach`s writing, like a radiography. Nothing sounds too slow, thanks to her dinamic control, her exemplary touching and her way of ornamentation, with discretion but with wisdom. In other words, in another hands, with these tempi the recording would be a failure. In hers, is a triumph. You only have to be patient. As she says, she does not play in order to show pyrotechnics, but to bring out a life experience. And she shows why she and Bach are like twin souls. Glenn Gould admired her recordings. The CD cover says something like this : "she makes us think her way of interpretation is THE way to play Bach: this is the hallmark of a great artist". I say again, although I love faster speeds than hers, when I listen to these Cds in the end I agree with that opinion.Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to several of Tureck's other recordings of the Variations and have been a Tureck (and Gould) fan for many years. But this version reflects the distillation of a lifetime's passionate study and is one of the d*mnd*st performances of any work I've ever heard.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 1999
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Since my only previous experience with the Goldberg Variations is Gould's 1955 version, this performance came as quite a shock; Tureck's version is much more slow and stately in general, with all the repeats preserved (hence the 80 minute length). The real excitement with this cd is the excellent CD-ROM portion, which has the entire score, analysis of the piece, background on Bach and Tureck, and more. Well worth the small price for these extras, which only enhanced my enjoyment of this great piece.
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