J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

     
 

Naxos' hardest-working pianist, Jeno Jandó, tries his hand at Bach's "Goldberg Variations," and the result is worth much more than the budget price of the disc. It would serve excellently as a neophyte's introduction to the masterpiece. He never adds more coloring than necessary, keeping closer to a Baroque interpretation throughout theSee more details below

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Naxos' hardest-working pianist, Jeno Jandó, tries his hand at Bach's "Goldberg Variations," and the result is worth much more than the budget price of the disc. It would serve excellently as a neophyte's introduction to the masterpiece. He never adds more coloring than necessary, keeping closer to a Baroque interpretation throughout the "Variations." Jandó's opening Aria is calm and has an elegant simplicity, followed by a lively Variation 1. Variation 7 is quite dance-like; 13 is soothing and songful, and 14 is brisk, almost reaching the lightning speed of Leonhardt's harpsichord recording of the same work. The Overture (Variation 16) is stately, but modest in sound, not brightly grandiose, which is partly due to the close sound of the recording. It picks up the depth of the piano's tone and softens the more brilliant variations somewhat. Jandó's articulation of the Overture makes it easy to imagine it as a Baroque orchestral piece. The canons are all clear and easy to follow, and there are excellent examples in Variations 26 and 28 of how two lines of music can have completely different characters, yet work together so well. The highlight of the performance is the Adagio, Variation 25. It is in the minor mode and could easily be played as a tortured soliloquy, but Jandó handles it gently, quietly, and pensively. Jandó has proven again why he is such a reliable musician and an asset to Naxos.

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Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News - Lawson Taitte
[Jando's] version of Bach's greatest keyboard work is delightfully infectious.... Jandó returns us to hellbent-for-leather, all-holds-barred Bach. It's fun and quite refreshing. [Grade: B+]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313226825
catalogNumber:
8557268
Rank:
352604

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  1. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Jenö Jandó

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