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Lars Vogt|Bach : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Bach : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Lars Vogt

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Many concepts have been applied to the playing of Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, on the piano rather than the harpsichord for which it was originally composed. There are readings that attempt to restrict the piano's dynamic ambit to keep it close to that of a harpsichord, those that go full-on Romantic, and monumental takes that recognize the sheer unprecedented scope of the work. Fewer, though, are those that recognize the original story of the work's origin, recounted by Bach's early biographer Forkel: a Russian ambassador in Saxony, named Kaiserling, had trouble sleeping and prevailed upon a young pianist named Goldberg to serenade him to the land of dreams with a harpsichord, asking Bach to compose something for these sessions. The tale has been widely disbelieved, but there is no reason to suppose that quiet, intimate Goldberg Variations are any less valid than an epic one. That's what's here from German pianist Lars Vogt, who manages the neat trick of delivering a truly pianistic interpretation without turning it into a Romantic one. He does so by keeping the volume low throughout and by reining in the temptation to make the big minor-key variations at the middle and end into anguished dissonant cries. Instead they are moderate in tempo and quietly dreamy, to delightful effect, and one might indeed imagine the insomniac Russian count drifting off to them. In general Vogt's treatment is straightforward, with nothing brought so far to the fore that it would interfere with the considerable contrapuntal detail that emerges naturally from the individual variations. With excellent engineering from Ondine, working in the Deutschlandfunk Chamber Music Studio in Cologne, this is a highly recommended tonic to grandiose Goldberg Variations played on whatever instruments.
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
Aria
00:03:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

2
Variatio 1. a 1 Clav.
00:01:51

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

3
Variatio 2. a 1 Clav.
00:01:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

4
Variatio 3. Canone all'Unisuono a 1 Clav.
00:02:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

5
Variatio 4. a 1 Clav.
00:01:04

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

6
Variatio 5. a 1 o vero 2 Clav.
00:01:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

7
Variatio 6. Canone alla Seconda. a 1 Clav.
00:01:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

8
Variatio 7. a 1 o vero 2 Clav.
00:01:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

9
Variatio 8. a 2 Clav.
00:01:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

10
Variatio 9. Canone alla Terza. a 1 Clav.
00:01:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

11
Variatio 10. Fughetta. a 1 Clav.
00:01:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

12
Variatio 11. a 2 Clav.
00:01:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

13
Variatio 12. Canone alla Quarta. a 1 Clav.
00:03:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

14
Variatio 13. a 2 Clav.
00:04:48

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

15
Variatio 14. a 2 Clav.
00:02:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

16
Variatio 15. Canone alla Quinta. a 1 Clav.
00:03:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

17
Variatio 16. Ouverture. a 1 Clav.
00:02:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

18
Variatio 17. a 2 Clav.
00:02:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

19
Variatio 18. Canone alla Sexta. a 1 Clav.
00:01:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

20
Variatio 19. a 1 Clav.
00:01:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

21
Variatio 20. a 2 Clav.
00:01:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

22
Variatio 21. Canone alla Settima. a 1 Clav.
00:02:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

23
Variatio 22. a 1 Clav.
00:01:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

24
Variatio 23. a 2 Clav.
00:02:01

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

25
Variatio 24. Canone all'Ottava. a 1 Clav.
00:02:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

26
Variatio 25. a 2 Clav.
00:07:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

27
Variatio 26. a 2 Clav.
00:02:19

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

28
Variatio 27. Canone alla Nona. a 2 Clav.
00:02:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

29
Variatio 28. a 2 Clav.
00:02:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

30
Variatio 29. a 1 o vero 2 Clav.
00:02:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

31
Variatio 30. Quodlibet. a 1 Clav.
00:01:47

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

32
Aria da capo
00:04:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Lars Vogt, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2015 Ondine (P) 2015 Ondine

Album Description

Many concepts have been applied to the playing of Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, on the piano rather than the harpsichord for which it was originally composed. There are readings that attempt to restrict the piano's dynamic ambit to keep it close to that of a harpsichord, those that go full-on Romantic, and monumental takes that recognize the sheer unprecedented scope of the work. Fewer, though, are those that recognize the original story of the work's origin, recounted by Bach's early biographer Forkel: a Russian ambassador in Saxony, named Kaiserling, had trouble sleeping and prevailed upon a young pianist named Goldberg to serenade him to the land of dreams with a harpsichord, asking Bach to compose something for these sessions. The tale has been widely disbelieved, but there is no reason to suppose that quiet, intimate Goldberg Variations are any less valid than an epic one. That's what's here from German pianist Lars Vogt, who manages the neat trick of delivering a truly pianistic interpretation without turning it into a Romantic one. He does so by keeping the volume low throughout and by reining in the temptation to make the big minor-key variations at the middle and end into anguished dissonant cries. Instead they are moderate in tempo and quietly dreamy, to delightful effect, and one might indeed imagine the insomniac Russian count drifting off to them. In general Vogt's treatment is straightforward, with nothing brought so far to the fore that it would interfere with the considerable contrapuntal detail that emerges naturally from the individual variations. With excellent engineering from Ondine, working in the Deutschlandfunk Chamber Music Studio in Cologne, this is a highly recommended tonic to grandiose Goldberg Variations played on whatever instruments.
© TiVo

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