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Gustav Leonhardt|DHM Splendeurs: J.S. Bach: Variations-Goldberg

DHM Splendeurs: J.S. Bach: Variations-Goldberg

Gustav Leonhardt

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This is a reissue of a classic Leonhardt performance. What makes it a classic is Leonhardt's ideal combination of extremely skillful technique and musical understanding, not only of the various forms Bach uses throughout the Goldberg Variations (fugue, canon, etc.) but also of the character of each variation. The opening Aria is an aria, sung by the right hand to the accompaniment of a counter-melody in the left hand. Then follow the variations. The slower ones are impressive for Leonhardt's thoughtful approach, and the faster ones are impressive for their brilliance and speed. Leonhardt has no trouble quickly switching character and mood between variations. Variation 14 is one of those fast ones, where you wonder how he can achieve such speed, immediately followed by a vastly contrasting, slow canon. Just after that is the grand, imposing, and complex overture that opens the second half of the work. Variation 25 is fascinating in its almost improvisational sound. It's followed by another that shows off Leonhardt's incredible dexterity. Leonhardt's reading gives you a greater understanding of the genius of Bach and the Goldberg Variations, but it is also a lively, imaginative, and thoroughly engaging performance.
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DHM Splendeurs: J.S. Bach: Variations-Goldberg

Gustav Leonhardt

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Goldberg-Variationen BWV 988 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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Aria
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P) 1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 1, a 1 Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 2, a 1 Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 3, a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 4, a 1 Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 5, a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 6, a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 7, a 1 ovvero 2 Clav. Al tempo di Giga
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 8, a 2 Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 9, a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 10, a 1 Clav. Fughetta
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 11, a 2 Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 12, Canone alla Quarta
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 13, a 2 Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 14, a 2 Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 15, a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta, Andante
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 16, a 1 Clav. Ouverture
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 17, a 2 Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 18, a 1 Clav. Canone alla Sesta
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 19, a 1 Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 20, a 2 Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 21, Canone alla Settima
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 22, a 1 Clav. Alla breve
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 23, a 2 Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 24, a 1 Clav. Canone all'Ottava
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 25, a 2 Clav. Adagio
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 26, a 2 Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 27, a 2 Clav. Canone alla Nona
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 28, a 2 Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 29, a 1 ovvero 2. Clav.
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Variatio 30, a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

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Aria da capo
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Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer

(P)1978 harmonia mundi

Album Description

This is a reissue of a classic Leonhardt performance. What makes it a classic is Leonhardt's ideal combination of extremely skillful technique and musical understanding, not only of the various forms Bach uses throughout the Goldberg Variations (fugue, canon, etc.) but also of the character of each variation. The opening Aria is an aria, sung by the right hand to the accompaniment of a counter-melody in the left hand. Then follow the variations. The slower ones are impressive for Leonhardt's thoughtful approach, and the faster ones are impressive for their brilliance and speed. Leonhardt has no trouble quickly switching character and mood between variations. Variation 14 is one of those fast ones, where you wonder how he can achieve such speed, immediately followed by a vastly contrasting, slow canon. Just after that is the grand, imposing, and complex overture that opens the second half of the work. Variation 25 is fascinating in its almost improvisational sound. It's followed by another that shows off Leonhardt's incredible dexterity. Leonhardt's reading gives you a greater understanding of the genius of Bach and the Goldberg Variations, but it is also a lively, imaginative, and thoroughly engaging performance.
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