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Bach, JS: Goldberg Variations

David Fray

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David Fray, returning to his beloved Johann Sebastian Bach, invites us to join him on a salutary personal journey. His Goldberg Variations is unlike any other: their romanticised aesthetic reveals the French pianist’s desire to bring to life the architectural perfection of the thirty-two pieces. He boldly opts for strong contrasts of tempo, accents and phrasing which might sound more at home in more contemporary works. Here, each variation is a part of a whole, but always self-sufficient, too. David Fray constantly plays on this tension between the fleeting pleasure of the moment and the final resolution, the infinite: and all the while, he is seeking to identify a character, a feeling, that can define each of the pieces. He does not hesitate to take us deep into the expressive meanderings that the Leipzig Cantor worked into these variations. The result is a rich and exciting vision, which will undoubtedly resonate with the listener's own shifting and changing moods.

It should be emphasised that this performance is marked by astonishingly precise piano playing, in the attacks and chosen articulations of the pianist. Take, for example, the airy Var. 26 or the agility of Var. 29. Or, again, the Fughetta of Var. 10, or Var. 8, with its clear differences in articulation between exposition and reprise, and it's very subtle accelerations. The Cantor’s dense and complex polyphony shines through at every turn. The rhythmic patterns are also more varied, as if David Fray was trying to find a little dance in each passage, rather like Scarlatti in his 30 Essercizi per gravicembalo, or to reveal more fully the spirit of improvisation that may have guided the composition. The long and unusual resonance between the final Quodlibet and the return of the Aria convinces us of the uniqueness of this new version of the Goldberg Variations, performed in Barbazan-Debat at the beginning of June 2021, not far from the Pyrenees National Park, and rendered all the greater by Jean-Marc Laisné's spellbinding sound recording © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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1
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria
00:05:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 1
00:01:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 2
00:01:37

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

4
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 3. Canone all'unisono
00:02:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 4
00:01:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

6
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 5
00:01:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 6. Canone alla seconda
00:01:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

8
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 7. Al tempo di giga
00:02:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 8
00:01:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

10
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 9. Canone alla terza
00:02:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

11
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 10. Fughetta
00:01:40

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 11
00:01:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

13
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 12. Canone alla quarta
00:02:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

14
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 13
00:06:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

15
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 14
00:02:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

16
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 15. Canone alla quinta in moto contrario
00:05:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

17
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 16. Ouverture
00:03:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

18
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 17
00:02:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

19
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 18. Canone alla sesta
00:01:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

20
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 19
00:02:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

21
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 20
00:01:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

22
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 21. Canone alla settima
00:03:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

23
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 22. Alla breve
00:01:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

24
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 23
00:02:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

25
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 24. Canone all'ottava
00:02:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

26
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 25
00:08:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

27
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 26
00:02:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

28
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 27. Canone alla nona
00:01:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

29
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 28
00:02:31

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

30
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 29
00:02:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

31
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 30. Quodlibet
00:02:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

32
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria da capo
00:06:04

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Fray, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

David Fray, returning to his beloved Johann Sebastian Bach, invites us to join him on a salutary personal journey. His Goldberg Variations is unlike any other: their romanticised aesthetic reveals the French pianist’s desire to bring to life the architectural perfection of the thirty-two pieces. He boldly opts for strong contrasts of tempo, accents and phrasing which might sound more at home in more contemporary works. Here, each variation is a part of a whole, but always self-sufficient, too. David Fray constantly plays on this tension between the fleeting pleasure of the moment and the final resolution, the infinite: and all the while, he is seeking to identify a character, a feeling, that can define each of the pieces. He does not hesitate to take us deep into the expressive meanderings that the Leipzig Cantor worked into these variations. The result is a rich and exciting vision, which will undoubtedly resonate with the listener's own shifting and changing moods.

It should be emphasised that this performance is marked by astonishingly precise piano playing, in the attacks and chosen articulations of the pianist. Take, for example, the airy Var. 26 or the agility of Var. 29. Or, again, the Fughetta of Var. 10, or Var. 8, with its clear differences in articulation between exposition and reprise, and it's very subtle accelerations. The Cantor’s dense and complex polyphony shines through at every turn. The rhythmic patterns are also more varied, as if David Fray was trying to find a little dance in each passage, rather like Scarlatti in his 30 Essercizi per gravicembalo, or to reveal more fully the spirit of improvisation that may have guided the composition. The long and unusual resonance between the final Quodlibet and the return of the Aria convinces us of the uniqueness of this new version of the Goldberg Variations, performed in Barbazan-Debat at the beginning of June 2021, not far from the Pyrenees National Park, and rendered all the greater by Jean-Marc Laisné's spellbinding sound recording © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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