Bach: Goldberg Variations

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
It takes some mental adjustment to hear Bach's "Goldberg Variations" played on a harp, but Welsh harpist Catrin Finch has done an exceptional job with both her arrangement and her performance of Bach's keyboard masterpiece. Her arrangement is sensitive to the musical and the emotional values of the music; she successfully translates the sense of technical difficulty and the expressive depths of the original, and her playing is superb. The listener is fully aware of the challenges of Finch's arrangement, and of the graceful virtuosity and expressiveness with which she executes them. The joy, sorrow, wit, humor, and sublime beauty of the original are all present in her ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
It takes some mental adjustment to hear Bach's "Goldberg Variations" played on a harp, but Welsh harpist Catrin Finch has done an exceptional job with both her arrangement and her performance of Bach's keyboard masterpiece. Her arrangement is sensitive to the musical and the emotional values of the music; she successfully translates the sense of technical difficulty and the expressive depths of the original, and her playing is superb. The listener is fully aware of the challenges of Finch's arrangement, and of the graceful virtuosity and expressiveness with which she executes them. The joy, sorrow, wit, humor, and sublime beauty of the original are all present in her performances. Purists may have little patience with the idea of a transcription, but other listeners may be won over by the sheer loveliness of Finch's playing. Deutsche Grammophon's digital sound is cool, clear, and vivid.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947781653
  • Catalog Number: 001302002
  • Sales rank: 73,904

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–32 Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9) - Johann Sebastian Bach & H.R.H. Charles Prince of Wales (63:34)
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Performance Credits
Catrin Finch Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This Golden Finch Ain't Golden Enough for Goldberg

    This is an awful recording. Again leave it up to DGG to hype up their roster of "superstar" performers. For one thing, the album cover cites this recording as the "first recording of the Goldberg Variations on harp". Ballyhoo! Not! After some research, I found a talented French harpist named Sylvain Blassel who had recorded the original GV's without any tricks or embellishments whatsoever. Quite impressive.
    We do not need yet another interpretation of the Goldberg Variations on novelty instruments. In short, this recording stands as being different for the sake of being different. There is not much value to that. With Bach being transcribed in all sorts of arrangements, the GV's have become the "Four Seasons" of the 21st Century.
    The sonic engineering for one thing is terrible. The harp is exceedingly harsh, lacking variations in light and shade. Tonal dynamics are muddled at best so that notes are infused into one another. This is not romantic; it's just inane.
    Do not be fooled by the marketing gimmickry. The rounded jewel case is deceiving; making it appear to be a hybrid SACD. But make no mistake. This is just a regular CD masquerading as hyperbolic "art" for those foolish enough to buy into it.
    If you are really "into" transcriptions for the harp, I highly recommend recordings by Yolanda Kondonassis. If Kondonassis had found the Goldberg Variations worth recording, I'm sure we would have had her release something by now.

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