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Bach: Goldberg Variations (4CD Studio & Live Recording)

“I’ve been studying this work for more than 20 years –performing and recording it has been a lifelong dream.”

So says Lang Lang of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, one of the greatest masterpieces of keyboard literature, and one of those musical Everests that a pianist seeks to climb.

In this edition, Lang Lang offers two fascinating and complementary performances: one recorded step by step in the sonic perfection of a studio space, the other played live in a single take in front of an audience at Bach’s own church, St. Thomas in Leipzig.

“One could discuss at length where –in the field between the exceptional and the magnificent –Lang Lang positions himself with his interpretation of the Goldberg Variations.” –Leipziger Volkszeitung

“Playing in the Thomaskirche, where Bach is buried, was unbelievably emotional for me,” Lang Lang recalls. “I’ve never felt as close to a composer as I did during that recital. The live version is very spontaneous, whereas in the studio version my playing is different – very considered and reflective. In a concert situation you experience the 100-minute work as a whole. In the studio you can focus on individual details and nuances, and of course that can affect the musical experience quite substantially.”

TRACK LIST
CD 1

Aria [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 1 A 1 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 2 A 1 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 3 Canone All'unisono. A 1 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 4 A 1 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 5 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 6 Canone Alla Seconda. A 1 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 7 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav. Al Tempo Di Giga [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 8 A 2 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 9 Canone Alla Terza. A 1 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 10 Fughetta. A 1 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 11 A 2 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 12 Canone Alla Quarta. (A 1 Clav.) [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 13 A 2 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 14 A 2 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 15 Canone Alla Quinta. A 1 Clav. Andante [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]


CD 2

Variatio 16 Ouverture. A 1 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 17 A 2 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 18 Canone Alla Sesta. A 1 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 19 A 1 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 20 A 2 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 21 Canone Alla Settima. (A 1 Clav.) [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 22 A 1 Clav. Alla Breve [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 23 A 2 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 24 Canone All'ottava. A 1 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 25 A 2 Clav. Adagio [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 26 A 2 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 27 Canone Alla Nona. A 2 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 28 A 2 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 29 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Variatio 30 Quodlibet. A 1 Clav. [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]
Aria Da Capo [Goldberg Variations, BWV 988]


CD 3

Aria (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)
Variatio 1 A 1 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)
Variatio 2 A 1 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)
Variatio 3 Canone All'unisono. A 1 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirc
Variatio 4 A 1 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)
Variatio 5 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig
Variatio 6 Canone Alla Seconda. A 1 Clav. (Live At Thomaskir
Variatio 7 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav. Al Tempo Di Giga (Live At Thom
Variatio 8 A 2 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)
Variatio 9 Canone Alla Terza. A 1 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirch
Variatio 10 Fughetta. A 1 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzi
Variatio 11 A 2 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)
Variatio 12 Canone Alla Quarta. (A 1 Clav.) (Live At Thomask
Variatio 13 A 2 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)
Variatio 14 A 2 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)
Variatio 15 Canone Alla Quinta. A 1 Clav. Andante (Live At T
CD 4
Variatio 16 Ouverture. A 1 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipz
Variatio 17 A 2 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)
Variatio 18 Canone Alla Sesta. A 1 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirc
Variatio 19 A 1 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)
Variatio 20 A 2 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)
Variatio 21 Canone Alla Settima. (A 1 Clav.) (Live At Thomas
Variatio 22 A 1 Clav. Alla Breve (Live At Thomaskirche Leipz
Variatio 23 A 2 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)
Variatio 24 Canone All'ottava. A 1 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirc
Variatio 25 A 2 Clav. Adagio (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig /
Variatio 26 A 2 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)
Variatio 27 Canone Alla Nona. A 2 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirch
Variatio 28 A 2 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)
Variatio 29 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig
Variatio 30 Quodlibet. A 1 Clav. (Live At Thomaskirche Leipz
Aria Da Capo (Live At Thomaskirche Leipzig / 2020)