Goldberg Variations (2015)

Bach

Britten Sinfonia

Thomas Gould

While The Musical Offering is Bach’s tribute to counterpoint and The Art of Fugue is a testament to fugue writing, the Goldberg Variations are Bach’s monument to performance practice and to the remarkable genre of variations. One of Bach’s most celebrated and revered pieces, the Goldberg Variations display not only Bach’s exceptional knowledge of the diverse styles of music of his day but also his exquisite performing techniques. On the title page of the score, Bach writes that the variations are ‘composed for connoisseurs, for the refreshment of their spirits’, but makes no mention of a dedicatee. Although the set later received the ‘Goldberg’ title, ostensibly written as a commission for the young harpsichordist Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, this dedication appears to have been fabricated by Bach’s biographer. Without more information from Bach himself, we can only speculate on the reason for the Goldbergs’ composition, but their craftsmanship, elegance and emotional power are never in doubt. In their original form for keyboard, numbering 30 variations in total, they also form one of the most challenging and ambitious series of variations in the history of Western classical music. Their difficulty stems not just from the intricate keyboard

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Britten Sinfonia

Britten Sinfonia is one of the world’s most celebrated and pioneering ensembles. It is praised for the quality of its performances and an intelligent approach to concert programming that is centred around the development of its players. Unusually it does not have a principal conductor or director but chooses to collaborate with a range of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum as suited to each particular project. Founded in 1992, it is inspired by the ethos of Benjamin Britten through world class performances of the highest quality, illuminating and distinctive programmes where the old meets the new, and projects in the local community as well as in the world’s finest halls.

The orchestra is an Associate Ensemble at the Barbican in London where it presents a major concert series each season. Britten Sinfonia also has residencies in Cambridge (where it is the University’s Orchestra-in- Association), Norwich and Brighton. The orchestra presents an award- winning chamber music series at London’s Wigmore Hall and regularly performs at many important European festivals including the BBC Proms. Britten Sinfonia’s international profile is blossoming with frequent touring throughout Europe and South America. The orchestra is a BBC Radio 3 broadcast partner and records regularly.

Britten Sinfonia is proud to work with many of the world’s re- nowned performers and composers. Central to the orchestra’s artistic vision is a strong commitment to new music, encompassing numerous commissions by composers based in the UK and abroad. The orches- tra’s Creative Learning projects are also at the heart of Britten Sinfonia’s work. These range from pre- and post-concert talks and performances, to schools projects, coaching, master-classes and professional development opportunities for businesses.

Britten Sinfonia recordings have been Grammy® nominated and have received a Gramophone Award. The orchestra has received many other distinctions, including two prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards in 2007 and 2009.

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Goldberg Variations (2015)

Bach

Britten Sinfonia

Mastering Engineer: Brad Michel
Producer: Brad Michel, Matthew Bennett
Recording Engineer: Brad Michel, Matthew Bennett
Recording location: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Goldberg Variations - Aria
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 1
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 2
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 3, Canone all' Unisono
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 4
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 5
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 6, Canone alla seconda
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 7, al Tempo di Giga
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 8
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 9, Canone alla Terza
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 10, Fugetta
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 11
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 12, Canone alla Quarta
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 13
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 14
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 15, Canone alla Quinta
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 16, Ouverture
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 17
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 18, Canone alla sesta
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 19
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 20
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 21, Canone alla settima
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 22
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 23
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 24, Canone all' ottava
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 25, Adagio
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 26
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 27, Canone alla nona
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 28
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 29
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Goldberg Variations - Variation 30, Quodlibet
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Goldberg Variations - Aria
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