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Bach: Variations Goldberg, BWV 988

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Beautifully packaged, warmly recorded, and stylishly played, Pierre Hantai's performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations are everywhere very good but nowhere quite great. Hantai's technique is superb, with wonderful articulation and a lovely sense of phrasing, and he's clearly thought through his interpretation. Each variation is well characterized, the canons are clear and lucid, and Hantai shapes the whole work as a series of structural arcs climaxing in the catharsis and release of the final variations and the theme's return. But as fine as Hantai's performance is, it never quite touches the infinite. The performance is brilliantly performed, but it does not plumb the intellectual, emotional, or spiritual depths of the music. Hantai's performance convinces, but it does not compel.

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Bach: Variations Goldberg, BWV 988

Pierre Hantaï

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Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
Aria 00:04:40

2
Variatio 1 a 1 Clav. 00:02:17

3
Variatio 2 a 1 Clav. 00:01:50

4
Variatio 3 Canone All’unisono 00:02:02

5
Variatio 4 a 1 Clav. 00:01:08

6
Variatio 5 a 1 Ovvero 2 Clav 00:01:41

7
Variatio 6 Canone Alla Seconda 00:01:54

8
Variatio 7 a 1 Ovvero 2 Clav. 00:01:51

9
Variatio 8 a 2 Clav. 00:02:22

10
Variatio 9 Canone Alla Terza a 1 Clav. 00:02:37

11
Variatio 10 Fughetta a 1 Clav. 00:01:38

12
Variatio 11 a 2 Clav. 00:02:28

13
Variatio 12 Canone Alla Quarta In Moto Contrario 00:03:19

14
Variatio 13 a 2 Clav. 00:05:37

15
Variatio 14 a 2 Clav. 00:02:07

16
Variatio 15 Canone a la Quinta In Moto Contrario a 1 Clav., Andante 00:02:59

17
Variatio 16 Ouverture a 1 Clav. 00:02:55

18
Variatio 17 a 2 Clav. 00:01:50

19
Variatio 18 Canone Alla Sesta a 1 Clav. 00:01:30

20
Variatio 19 a 1 Clav. 00:01:39

21
Variatio 20 a 2 Clav. 00:01:58

22
Variatio 21 Canone Alla Settima 00:03:23

23
Variatio 22 Alla Breve a 1 Clav. 00:01:33

24
Variatio 23 a 2 Clav. 00:02:20

25
Variatio 24 Canone All’Ottava a 1 Clav. 00:03:16

26
Variatio 25 a 2 Clav. 00:04:09

27
Variatio 26 a 2 Clav. 00:01:53

28
Variatio 27 Canone Alla Nona 00:01:50

29
Variatio 28 a 2 Clav. 00:02:24

30
Variatio 29 a 1 Ovvero 2 Clav. 00:02:06

31
Variatio 30 Quodlibet a 1 Clav. 00:02:16

32
Aria Da Capo e Fine 00:02:38

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Beautifully packaged, warmly recorded, and stylishly played, Pierre Hantai's performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations are everywhere very good but nowhere quite great. Hantai's technique is superb, with wonderful articulation and a lovely sense of phrasing, and he's clearly thought through his interpretation. Each variation is well characterized, the canons are clear and lucid, and Hantai shapes the whole work as a series of structural arcs climaxing in the catharsis and release of the final variations and the theme's return. But as fine as Hantai's performance is, it never quite touches the infinite. The performance is brilliantly performed, but it does not plumb the intellectual, emotional, or spiritual depths of the music. Hantai's performance convinces, but it does not compel.

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