Klara Würtz – J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (2022) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Klara Würtz – J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:17:23 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Classical
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The touch and musicianship of the Hungarian pianist Klára Würtz is amply attested by a substantial catalogue of Brilliant Classics and Piano Classics albums stretching from Mozart to Bartók. Her latest recording turns to a pillar of the keyboard repertoire, the variation set composed by J.S. Bach in 1741 as the fourth and final volume of his compendious Clavier-Übung (Keyboard exercise) project.

Practical instruction, entertainment and profound expression went hand in hand for Bach: one artistic goal never obscured the others. However, few of his works attain all three goals with the sublime mastery of the Goldberg Variations. The prowess of the performer is tested and placed on show as much as the ingenuity of the creative imagination in Bach’s most comprehensive response to the variation genre.

‘Composed for connoisseurs, for the refreshment of their spirits’: the composer’s dedication and introduction makes the artistic intent of the Goldberg Variations plain. Every third variation in the series of 30 is a canon, following an ascending pattern. The variations that intervene between the canons are also arranged in a pattern, following an order of canon, genre piece (such as a minuet or gigue) and a more freely developed and ornate fantasia. The whole set is bookended by an aria in the style of a sarabande which already presents the theme in decorated form as a grave chaconne.

The poised classicism of Klára Würtz’s pianism makes this new recording of the Goldbergs an album to be keenly anticipated by all pianophiles and lovers of Bach. She takes all the repeats, and plays with the full armoury of the modern piano’s tonal capabilities.

Tracklist:
1-01. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: I. Aria (04:27)
1-02. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: II. Variatio 1 (01:44)
1-03. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: III. Variatio 2 (01:18)
1-04. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: IV. Variatio 3, canone all Unisuono (01:58)
1-05. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: V. Variatio 4 (01:03)
1-06. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: VI. Variatio 5 (01:29)
1-07. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: VII. Variatio 6, canone alla Seconda (01:12)
1-08. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: VIII. Variatio 7, al tempo di Giga (01:42)
1-09. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: IX. Variatio 8 (01:48)
1-10. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: X. Variatio 9, canone alla Terza (01:31)
1-11. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XI. Variatio 10, Fugetta (01:35)
1-12. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XII. Variatio 11 (02:06)
1-13. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XIII. Variatio 12, canone alla Quarta (02:22)
1-14. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: IX. Variatio 13 (05:18)
1-15. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: X. Variatio 14 (02:06)
1-16. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XI. Variatio 15, canone alla quinta Andante (04:08)
1-17. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XII. Variatio 16, Ouverture (02:47)
1-18. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XIII. Variatio 17 (01:59)
1-19. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XIV. Variatio 18, canone alla Sexta (01:29)
1-20. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XV. Variatio 19 (01:45)
1-21. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XVI. Variatio 20 (01:54)
1-22. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XVII. Variatio 21, canone alla Settima (02:42)
1-23. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XVIII. Variatio 22, Allabreve (01:25)
1-24. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XIX. Variatio 23 (02:04)
1-25. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XX. Variatio 24, canone all’ Ottava (02:44)
1-26. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXI. Variatio 25, Adagio (07:58)
1-27. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXII. Variatio 26 (02:02)
1-28. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXIII. Variatio 27, canone alla Nona (01:50)
1-29. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXIV. Variatio 28 (02:18)
1-30. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXV. Variatio 29 (02:04)
1-31. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXVI. Variatio 30, Quodlibet (02:02)
1-32. Klara Würtz – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXVII. Aria da Capo (04:15)

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