- Audio CD (August 5, 1992)
- Label: RCA Victor Melodiya
- ASIN: B000001JD9
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Bach: Goldberg Variations
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I hope we hear more from this incredible artist soon!
An equal partner with David Shemer and a second hero of the recording is the instrument itself, whose glorious sonority has been beautifully captured – sumptuous yet clear, mellifluous but with plenty of bite when needed.
A major achievement indeed.
David Shemer's version of the Goldberg variations is a beautiful one. His playing is delicate, full of colors and nuances, yet powerful and impressive. He brings out a Bach of humor, of pain, of winks and thoughtfulness, and does this in an elegant touch with the most beautiful sound of the harpsichord. I heard his recording many times and never got tired of it, I keep finding in it more ideas and beautiful corners. I very much recommend this recording!
Shemer offers us one of the most sonically beautiful and texturally transparent versions of the Goldberg Variations. Its beauty arises, in part, from Shemer’s basic “hardware” choices; as he explains in the notes, "The instrument used in this recording – a 2001 harpsichord of Franco-Flemish type by Martin Skowroneck of Bremen – is tuned to a’ = 392 HZ (a whole step below the “modern” a’). This pitch, one of several that were practiced in Bach’s day, gives the instrument a particularly dark, mellow sound".
Shemer also explains that he has chosen “a tuning system that would do full justice to the Goldberg home key, while, at the same time, highlighting the many jarring chromaticisms and dissonances of the g minor variations”. These choices indeed prove highly effective; the basic sound – as captured on this recording, made at Christ Church, Jerusalem – is rich and resonant, yet still allows inner lines to emerge with crystalline clarity. The effect is further enhanced by Shemer’s choice of registration, which reserves the sharper and more strident sonorities available on his chosen instrument to a small number of the more extrovert, virtuosic variations, relying elsewhere on gentler and mellower registers.Read more ›
Absolutely a masterpiece of performance and recording. Second to none ! It should be in every music lover's library !
Mr. Shemer's deep, thoughtful and moving interpretation of this immensely demanding piece brings out its richness, monumental scope of diversity and spirituality. He is able to fulfill the artistic potential of every phrase and gesture to the fullest, with the smallest details and nuances, yet without interrupting the long line.
The Goldberg Varations encompasses a vast scale of emotions and character. It is a journey in polyphony - a thorough compendium of close to every contrapuntal process that existed from the Middle Ages till Bach's time and beyond. It contains dance movements, arias, etudes and virtuosic movements, and Mr. Shemer masterfully brings them to life - from beginning to end every note and every phrase sounds fresh and alive, almost improvised.
Recorded at a church in Jerusalem, Mr. Shemer has wonderful tone qualities. Shemer's harpsichord is tuned to A=392, a common practice in Bach's time. It gives a special dark sound and enhances the character and particular relations of the G major scale.
It is a must-have recording for all music lovers, professional and amateurs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow! Copy protected! Well worth the extra $$$! (this refers to the David Shemer recording).Published 8 months ago by rater25
This CD by David Shemer had inspired my soul and comforted my heart on many days in the past couple of years since I got it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by luba poliak
If you think, you know already everything about Bach's Goldberg-Variations, listen to this recording! It offers truly new insights. Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by Schneider Michael