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Genre: Performing Arts - Concerts
Rating: NR
Release Date: 27-JAN-2004
Media Type: DVD

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  • Actors: Rosalyn Tureck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Video Artists Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00018D4ZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul Kim on August 16, 2006
A DVD version of the Goldberg variations? And one by the High Priestess of Bach, Rosalyn Tureck? I couldn't wait to see it. Because though her VAI recording (recipient of a Penguin Guide rosette) isn't quite my favorite version of Bach's masterpiece, it has always been welcome in my CD player, and so I expected good things from this DVD. And I really tried my hardest to like it.

But even by the end (or perhaps, especially by the end), I just couldn't. The first letdown was the rather mediocre video quality of the concert. I've seen concerts from the seventies with much better video quality than this 1995 concert. (The various camera angles were nice, however.) The next letdown followed soon after, when Tureck pulled out a stack of of music to read off of. Now, I realize that performing over an hour's worth of Bach may be daunting, especially as one grows older, but I couldn't help but be disappointed, especially since she has performed this work from memory before. Nevertheless, I decided, it would all be worth it after seeing Tureck pull off an amazing performance. So I settled in as she began to play the first notes of the opening aria. And that's when the real letdown began.

The aria wasn't too bad, despite some harshness of tone. But starting with the first variation, which normally kicks things off with brilliant jubilance, Tureck lets us down. Instead of the nimble gaiety which serves the variation so well, Tureck's performance of it was ponderous and bloated, maintaining the same unpleasantness of tone that hurt the Aria. The whole time she played, I couldn't get over how slow and heavy-handed it was.

More harshness of tone followed in Variation 2. This, combined with Tureck's slow tempo, made the variation sound a bit labored.
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