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Bach: Goldberg Variations

Johann Sebastian Bach

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Pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar came from South Africa and was largely trained there. Very well equipped technically, he has a gift for unorthodox interpretations that he seems to have thought out on his own and to have developed the technical tools to execute. His thoroughly pianistic version of Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, will appeal to those who like Glenn Gould's versions, especially the earlier one. In the beginning, in fact, Pienaar seems to be offering a sort of updated Gould reading, without the humming. His attack is percussive; his tempos are pushed toward extremes, especially in the faster variations; his sensuous pleasure in Bach's collisions of spectacular figuration and harmonic mastery is palpable. As the performance proceeds, it enters more and more into new territory. Pienaar has some odd ideas. He plays many of the variations with only a very slight pause between them, but with the slow ones he necessarily takes more time. This deemphasizes the internal structure of the variations -- canon, dance, virtuoso piece -- and connects them in short chains of Pienaar's own devising while still respecting the overall division into halves marked by the slow Variation 15. Considerable variations in tempo, with the last bars of slow variations extended, also break the flow. This is not all to the good, but at the local level there's no denying that Pienaar is extremely compelling. Sample the contrast between his extremely delicate treatment of the minuet-like Variation 19 and his intense, flashy Variation 20 (tracks 20 and 21). On balance, for those who find Gould's extreme subjectivity annoying, they probably won't like Pienaar, either, but for those interested in that territory, not much traversed, definitely give him a try.
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Aria
00:02:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

2
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 1
00:00:51

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

3
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 2
00:00:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

4
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 3 Canone all'Unisono
00:01:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

5
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 4
00:00:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

6
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 5
00:00:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

7
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 6
00:00:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

8
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 7 al tempo di Giga
00:00:48

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

9
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 8
00:00:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

10
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 9 Canone alla Terza
00:01:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

11
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 10 Fughetta
00:01:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

12
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 11
00:00:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

13
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 12 Canone alla Quarta
00:02:01

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

14
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 13
00:02:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

15
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 14
00:00:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

16
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 15 Canone alla Quinta
00:04:13

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

17
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 16 Ouverture
00:02:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

18
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 17
00:00:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

19
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 18 Canone Alla Sexta
00:01:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

20
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 19
00:00:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

21
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 20
00:00:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

22
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 21 Canone alla Settima
00:02:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

23
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 22 alla breve
00:02:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

24
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 23
00:00:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

25
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 24 Canone all'Ottava
00:01:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

26
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 25
00:04:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

27
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 26
00:00:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

28
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 27 Canone alla Nona
00:00:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

29
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 28
00:00:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

30
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 29
00:00:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

31
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Variatio 30 Quodlibet
00:01:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

32
Aria With Diverse Variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988: Aria De Capo
00:02:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

14 Canons, BWV 1087 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

33
Fourteen Canons BWV 1087
00:04:40

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

Bist du bei mir (Gottfried Heinrich Stolzel)

34
Bist Du Bei Mir
00:02:37

Gottfried Heinrich Stolzel, Composer - Daniel-Ben Pienaar, MainArtist

(C) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar (P) 2011 Daniel-Ben Pienaar

Album Description

Pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar came from South Africa and was largely trained there. Very well equipped technically, he has a gift for unorthodox interpretations that he seems to have thought out on his own and to have developed the technical tools to execute. His thoroughly pianistic version of Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, will appeal to those who like Glenn Gould's versions, especially the earlier one. In the beginning, in fact, Pienaar seems to be offering a sort of updated Gould reading, without the humming. His attack is percussive; his tempos are pushed toward extremes, especially in the faster variations; his sensuous pleasure in Bach's collisions of spectacular figuration and harmonic mastery is palpable. As the performance proceeds, it enters more and more into new territory. Pienaar has some odd ideas. He plays many of the variations with only a very slight pause between them, but with the slow ones he necessarily takes more time. This deemphasizes the internal structure of the variations -- canon, dance, virtuoso piece -- and connects them in short chains of Pienaar's own devising while still respecting the overall division into halves marked by the slow Variation 15. Considerable variations in tempo, with the last bars of slow variations extended, also break the flow. This is not all to the good, but at the local level there's no denying that Pienaar is extremely compelling. Sample the contrast between his extremely delicate treatment of the minuet-like Variation 19 and his intense, flashy Variation 20 (tracks 20 and 21). On balance, for those who find Gould's extreme subjectivity annoying, they probably won't like Pienaar, either, but for those interested in that territory, not much traversed, definitely give him a try.
© TiVo

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