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J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

Klára Würtz

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The touch and musicianship of the Hungarian pianist Klára Würtz is amply attested by a substantial catalogue of Brilliant Classics and Piano Classics albums stretching from Mozart to Bartók. This recording turns to a pillar of the keyboard repertoire, the variation set composed by J. S. Bach in 1741 as the fourth and final volume of his compendious Clavier-Übung project.

Practical instruction, entertainment and profound expression went hand in hand for Bach: one artistic goal never obscured the others. However, few of his works attain all three goals with the sublime mastery of the Goldberg Variations. The prowess of the performer is tested and placed on show as much as the ingenuity of the creative imagination in Bach’s most comprehensive response to the variation genre. The Goldberg Variations takes its name from a young pupil of Bach, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who was in the service of Count von Keyserlingk. The Count was a notoriously bad sleeper, and requested of Bach a series of pieces for Goldberg to play to him when he could not sleep; he then considered the work to be "his", although it is widely referred to by the name of its performer.

"Composed for connoisseurs, for the refreshment of their spirits": the composer’s dedication and introduction makes the artistic intent of the Goldberg Variations plain. Every third variation in the series of 30 is a canon, following an ascending pattern. The variations that intervene between the canons are also arranged in a pattern, following an order of canon, genre piece (such as a minuet or gigue) and a more freely developed and ornate fantasia. The whole set is bookended by an aria in the style of a sarabande which already presents the theme in decorated form as a grave chaconne.

The poised classicism of Klára Würtz’s pianism makes this new recording of the Goldbergs an album to be keenly anticipated by all pianophiles and lovers of Bach. She takes all the repeats, and plays with the full armoury of the modern piano’s tonal capabilities. © Piano Classics

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1
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: I. Aria
00:04:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

2
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: II. Variatio 1
00:01:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

3
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: III. Variatio 2
00:01:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

4
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: IV. Variatio 3, canone all Unisuono
00:01:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

5
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: V. Variatio 4
00:01:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

6
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: VI. Variatio 5
00:01:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

7
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: VII. Variatio 6, canone alla Seconda
00:01:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

8
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: VIII. Variatio 7, al tempo di Giga
00:01:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

9
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: IX. Variatio 8
00:01:48

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

10
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: X. Variatio 9, canone alla Terza
00:01:31

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

11
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XI. Variatio 10, Fugetta
00:01:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

12
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XII. Variatio 11
00:02:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

13
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XIII. Variatio 12, canone alla Quarta
00:02:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

14
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XIV. Variatio 13
00:05:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

15
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XV. Variatio 14
00:02:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

16
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XVI. Variatio 15, canone alla quinta Andante
00:04:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

17
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XVII. Variatio 16, Ouverture
00:02:47

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

18
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XVIII. Variatio 17
00:01:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

19
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XIX. Variatio 18, canone alla Sexta
00:01:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

20
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XX. Variatio 19
00:01:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

21
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXI. Variatio 20
00:01:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

22
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXII. Variatio 21, canone alla Settima
00:02:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

23
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXIII. Variatio 22, Allabreve
00:01:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

24
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXIV. Variatio 23
00:02:04

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

25
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXV. Variatio 24, canone all' Ottava
00:02:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

26
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXVI. Variatio 25, Adagio
00:07:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

27
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXVII. Variatio 26
00:02:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

28
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXVIII. Variatio 27, canone alla Nona
00:01:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

29
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXIX. Variatio 28
00:02:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

30
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXX. Variatio 29
00:02:04

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

31
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXXI. Variatio 30, Quodlibet
00:02:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

32
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXXII. Aria da Capo
00:04:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Klára Würtz, Artist, MainArtist - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher

2022 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

Album Description

The touch and musicianship of the Hungarian pianist Klára Würtz is amply attested by a substantial catalogue of Brilliant Classics and Piano Classics albums stretching from Mozart to Bartók. This recording turns to a pillar of the keyboard repertoire, the variation set composed by J. S. Bach in 1741 as the fourth and final volume of his compendious Clavier-Übung project.

Practical instruction, entertainment and profound expression went hand in hand for Bach: one artistic goal never obscured the others. However, few of his works attain all three goals with the sublime mastery of the Goldberg Variations. The prowess of the performer is tested and placed on show as much as the ingenuity of the creative imagination in Bach’s most comprehensive response to the variation genre. The Goldberg Variations takes its name from a young pupil of Bach, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who was in the service of Count von Keyserlingk. The Count was a notoriously bad sleeper, and requested of Bach a series of pieces for Goldberg to play to him when he could not sleep; he then considered the work to be "his", although it is widely referred to by the name of its performer.

"Composed for connoisseurs, for the refreshment of their spirits": the composer’s dedication and introduction makes the artistic intent of the Goldberg Variations plain. Every third variation in the series of 30 is a canon, following an ascending pattern. The variations that intervene between the canons are also arranged in a pattern, following an order of canon, genre piece (such as a minuet or gigue) and a more freely developed and ornate fantasia. The whole set is bookended by an aria in the style of a sarabande which already presents the theme in decorated form as a grave chaconne.

The poised classicism of Klára Würtz’s pianism makes this new recording of the Goldbergs an album to be keenly anticipated by all pianophiles and lovers of Bach. She takes all the repeats, and plays with the full armoury of the modern piano’s tonal capabilities. © Piano Classics

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