Goldberg: Chamber Music

Goldberg: Chamber Music

by Musica Alta Ripa


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Goldberg: Chamber Music

Even those who may be unfamiliar with his music will likely recognize Johann Goldberg's name in association with J.S. Bach's famous "Goldberg Variations," the story behind which is so speculative as to not bear repeating here. Goldberg was in fact a student of the elder Bach's as well as W.F. Bach. So similar was Goldberg's early use of counterpoint, texture, and chromaticism to his teacher's that one of the trio sonatas heard on this album -- the one in C major -- was actually listed for many years in the BWV as being by Bach. Regrettably for listeners, Goldberg died before his 30th birthday; like Brahms, he was his own worst critic and destroyed copious amounts of his own compositions. What remains of his chamber music instantly demonstrates why Bach would have been interested in this talented young man, sophisticated and adept far beyond his years. Performing these chamber works is Musica Alta Ripa, a splendid Baroque period-practice ensemble formed in 1984. Its playing brilliantly highlights the urbane contrapuntal textures, poignant chromaticism, and elegant textures of Goldberg's works. Intonation, articulation, and dynamics are all well-matched throughout, and the overall recorded sound quality is clear but warm.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2008
Label: Mdg
UPC: 0760623070926
catalogNumber: 3090709


  1. Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in A minor
  2. Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in C major (formerly attirbuted to Bach, BWV 1037)
  3. Polonaise for harpsichord in F major
  4. Polonaise for harpsichord in D minor
  5. Sonata for 2 violins, viola & continuo in C minor
  6. Polonaise for harpsichord in E flat major
  7. Polonaise for harpsichord in C minor
  8. Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in B flat major
  9. Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor
  10. Polonaise for harpsichord in G major
  11. Polonaise for harpsichord in C major
  12. Sonata for 2 violins & continuo in F minor

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