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Bach: Variaciones Goldberg
Johann Sebastian Bach

Andrés Alberto Gómez - Harpsichord

Bach: Variaciones Goldberg

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Format: CD
Label: Vanitas
UPC: 8436001539249
Catnr: VA 02
Release date: 17 April 2015
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Label
Vanitas
UPC
8436001539249
Catalogue number
VA 02
Release date
17 April 2015
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About the album

Johann Gottlieb Goldberg (1727-1756) would have never imagined that his name would be linked in history to the Aria and the 30 variations composed by Johann Sebastian Bach and known from the story of Forkel (1802) as the Goldberg Variations BWV 988.
Forkel tells in his story that the Count Hermann Carl Von Keyserlingk (1696-1764), entrusted Bach some “soft and lively” pieces so that his young harpsichordist, J. G. Goldberg, an old Bach´s disciple that lived with Keyserlingk at home, would play them during the shady and long sleepless nights that the Count suffered. Forkel writes: “ Since then, the Count didn´t mention them with another name that his variations. He never got tired of hearing them and during much time, when sleepless nights arrive, he always said the same thing: Come on, my dear Goldberg; play for me some of my variations”. Keyserlingk, extremely grateful, rewarded Bach in a generous way with a gold glass containing a hundred of louis d´or. Undoubtedly, this is a very tender story but actually it´s distant from reality and closer to legend. What is certain is the fact that Bach aspired to the post of composer of the court of the King of Poland and elector of Saxony, and Keyserlingk, who was minister of the elector of Saxony in Dresden and Russian envoy in the court since 1733 at that time, supported Bach´s aspirations to the title. His sponsorship was a resounding success due to the fact that Bach obtained the awaited post in 1736. This fact, as we´ll see later, motivated in Bach the creation of the variations from an aria firstly appeared in the second album for harpsichord of Ana Magdalena Bach, dated in 1725.
Undoubtedly, Goldberg Variations is one of the most fascinating works for keyboard. Despite Bach´s reticence for creating variations due to his always identical harmony, the humble Leipzig´s singer left us a huge art work that catches anyone facing it.

Artist(s)

Andrés Alberto Gómez

He finished his harpsichord studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Holland) as a student of Jacques Ogg and at the Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña, E.S.M.U.C. as a student of Béatrice Martin, obtaining the highest distinction and congratulations from the jury. He has made recordings for the Dutch Radio, the Slovenian Radio-television, WDR 3, Radio Catalonia, the Polish Radio-television and the labels ARSIS, PASSACAILLE, DYNAMIC, TAÑIDOS and VANITAS. He is founder and director of the ensemble La Reverencia. His performances as soloist and continuist cover all of Europe. He has performed with several renowned ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants, Tasto Solo or La Fura dels Baus, being directed by musicians such as William Christie, Paul Dombrecht, Paul...
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He finished his harpsichord studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Holland) as a student of Jacques Ogg and at the Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña, E.S.M.U.C. as a student of Béatrice Martin, obtaining the highest distinction and congratulations from the jury. He has made recordings for the Dutch Radio, the Slovenian Radio-television, WDR 3, Radio Catalonia, the Polish Radio-television and the labels ARSIS, PASSACAILLE, DYNAMIC, TAÑIDOS and VANITAS.

He is founder and director of the ensemble La Reverencia. His performances as soloist and continuist cover all of Europe. He has performed with several renowned ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants, Tasto Solo or La Fura dels Baus, being directed by musicians such as William Christie, Paul Dombrecht, Paul McCreesh, Roy Goodman, Richard Egarr or Ton Koopman.

In 2013 he recorded together with La Reverencia De Oculta Philosophia, a documentary film around Baroque music that was selected at numerous international festivals. His discography has always received the best criticism from the specialized press.

“Andrés Alberto Gómez has an unusual touch control. Adapt his articulation to phrasing with the mastery of the greatest”.

Philippe Ramin, Diapason (5 diapason)


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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.  Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.  
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.


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