The work consists of an aria and thirty variations. Goldberg variations, bvw 988 by konstantin lifschitz. The thematic material for the goldberg variations the opening aria is the bass line of a sarabande from bachs anna magdalena notebook 1725. Each variation is quite short and can be tackled as a manageable project of its own. But in the 1981 variations, gould makes good on his desire for dignity.
Having heard both of hantais recordings of the goldberg variations i continue to lean to the earlier performance hantai does improve in several of the more serious variations. Born in kharkov ukraine in 1976, at the age of five, konstantin lifschitz was enrolled in the gnessin special school of music in moscow as a student of tatiana zelikman. The work is believed to have been commissioned by a pupil of bachs named j. Konstantin lifschitz, the master of counterpoint, performed bachs prelude c minor bwv 999 during his c. Of course i have both versions of goulds goldberg variations. Deceptive cadence professor christoph wolff, todays top bach answer man, helps kick off a week of goldberg explorations. Goldberg variations simple english wikipedia, the free. Konstantin lifschitz will play works by johann sebastian bach as well as beethovens diabelli variations during the c.
I also own andreas staiers version and konstantin lifschitz, which i also love. Goldberg variations konstantin lifschitz by konstantin lifschitz on amazon music. Here, the russian pianist konstantin lifschitz did so with remarkable results. Buy a cheap copy of goldberg variations book by susan isaacs.
Qualifizierte bestellungen werden kostenlos geliefert. Bach, j s goldberg variations, bwv988 this page lists all recordings of goldberg variations, bwv988 by johann sebastian bach 16851750. The aria was not original with bach, but was probably based on a now lost french dance tune. Johann sebastian bach, konstantin lifschitz goldberg. But why does a books main character have to be likable. It is named after johann gottlieb goldberg, who may also have been the first performer of the work. The goldberg variations, one of the monuments of keyboard literature, was published in 1742 while bach held the title of polish royal and saxon electoral courtcomposer. When he was he gave his first recital at the house of the unions moscow that was greeted with enthusiasm. Konstantin lifschitz has established a worldwide reputation for performing extraordinary feats of endurance with integrity and persuasive beauty.
Goldberg variationen konstantin lifschitz with lifschitz, konstantin on cd. But for the exhilaration of the early variations and for its freshness it might justify a place in a collection that already has many fine versions of the work the perahia, certainly, and the second very lovely and very exciting schiff, and obviously the 81 gould and perhaps the tureck. This is not a recording that belongs in the top 5 or even, i suspect, top 10 of goldberg variations. This is a partial list of commercial or professional recordings of johann sebastian bachs goldberg variations, organized chronologically. Goldberg variations zenph reperformance licensed to youtube by sme on behalf of sony music entertainment. Bechstein concert at the konzerthaus berlin on december 8, 2017. Goldberg variations in g major by bach piano score. At, konstantin lifschitz presented a landmark recital in the chamber hall of the russian academy of music.
You can alphabetically sort each column by clicking on the small box at the top of that column click again to sort reversealphabetically. But for the exhilaration of the early variations and for its freshness it might justify a place in a collection that already has many fine versions of the work the perahia, certainly, and the second very lovely and very exciting schiff. Linkpage citation if pianists were to play a word association game in which a psychologist said, bachs goldberg variations, they would almost without fail respond with the name glenn gould. Bechstein recital to be given on december 8, 2017 at the konzerthaus in berlin.
I was perusing the score and it doesnt look terribly intricate for whats possibly a majority of the variations certainly less than bachs 3 or 4part works aria looks easypeasy, the first variation has some fun going on with the lh and you have to work on your fingering with. Order from your preferred classical music cd store arkivmusic. The aria is followed by 30 variations after which the aria is repeated unaltered. Goldberg variations konstantin lifschitz by konstantin lifschitz now. Recorded live at miami inernational piano festival in. Goldberg variations, bvw 988 classical instrumental. Konstantin lifschitz was an astonishing 17 years old when he recorded these variations. Rather than just varying the melody of the aria, the thirty variations are built upon its bass line. Goldberg variations, bvw 988 by konstantin lifschitz on amazon music. Based on a single ground bass theme, the variations display not only bachs exceptional knowledge of diverse styles of music of the day but also. This file contains additional information such as exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it. Stream adfree or purchase cds and mp3s now on amazon. The goldberg variations, bwv 988 is a work for keyboard by johann sebastian bach.
In 2008, a live recording of lifschitzs performance of bach welltempered clavier. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Enjoy the virtuosity of bachs goldberg variations, now that his work is open and freely available for all of us. One of the challenges is to maintain the distinct identities of the independent lines that amalgamate to. Bach, j s goldberg variations, bwv988, download this page lists all recordings of goldberg variations, bwv988 by johann sebastian bach 16851750. Goldberg was a young musician, who according to forkels probably spurious version of events, was supposed to play from the variations during the counts sleepless nights to cheer him up a little. In print, the goldbergs goldberg variations have a quasilegendary status, a hallmark of technical difficulty. He furthered his studies in russia, england and italy under such musicians as alfred brendel, leon fleisher or charles rosen. To say the main character, gloria goldberg goldberg garrison gloria ggg is unlikable is an understatement. The capacity crowd responded with an overwhelming enthusiasm that even then established him as a major artist, ready to take his place alongside the masters of russian piano legend. I looked at her and said, im not doing goldberg variations, ms. Konstantin lifschitz applies strict criteria in order to realise the groundbreaking compositional dynamics of these works.
Stream adfree with amazon music unlimited on mobile, desktop, and tablet. Isbn 0 521 80735 2 hardback isbn 0 521 00193 5 paperback 1. Dinnersteins recording of bachs goldberg variations, from 2007. His approach often evokes both of alexis weissenbergs emi versions, but with better judged pedaling. Konstantin lifschitz piano recital performances japan arts. As they bookended the discography of a prolific classical recording artist, we can also look at them as a testament to the state of recording technology.
The goldberg variations, bwv 988, is a musical composition for harpsichord by johann sebastian bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. The goldberg variations marked both the beginning and the end of goulds career the 1981 recording was the last one he made before his death after suffering a stroke the following year. Konstantin lifschitz, piano 2015 is the release year of konstantin lifschitzs new recording of the goldberg variations, performed most recently at the rheingau music festival as part of his cycle featuring all the keyboard works of johann sebastian bach. Any order paid by 8 pm monday will go out the next day. Konstantin lifschitz bachs instrumental works discography. All other orders will go out whenever the next tuesday is.
Rarely has so much unpleasantness been put into a fictional character. At least gavrilov makes room for effective and deftly executed ornaments, and he avoids the oncefashionable register changes that koroliov, lifschitz, and schiff decca observe. At the age of five lifschitz came to the gnessin specialized music school in moscow. First published in 1741, the work is one of the most important citation needed examples of the variation form. The goldberg variations on approximate order of difficulty.1457 685 725 4 618 1397 1217 693 1430 396 1579 1394 443 401 300 1106 822 1150 1431 822 421 948 1472 1108 876 697 1416 347 714 1336 765 1357 181 1075 886 2 10 548 838 984 1222 1340 938