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BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations (arr. J.G. Rheinberger and M. Reger for 2 pianos) (Magalhaes, N. Schumann)

BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations (arr. J.G. Rheinberger and M. Reger for 2 pianos) (Magalhaes, N. Schumann)

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Luis Magalhaes

Soloist

Nina Schumann

Soloist

Record Label
Two Pianos

Genre:

Instrumental


Classical

Total Time - 77:39
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BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations (arr. J.G. Rheinberger and M. Reger for 2 pianos) (Magalhaes, N. Schumann)

     
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

     
 

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (arr. J.G. Rheinberger and M. reger for 2 pianos)

 
1 Aria 04:25
2 Variatio 1. a 1 Clav. 01:39
3 Variatio 2. a 1 Clav. 01:14
4 Variatio 3. Canone all'Unisuono a 1 Clav. 01:55
5 Variatio 4. a 1 Clav. 00:58
6 Variatio 5. a 1 o vero 2 Clav. 01:16
7 Variatio 6. Canone alla Seconda. a 1 Clav. 01:09
8 Variatio 7. a 1 o vero 2 Clav. 02:25
9 Variatio 8. a 2 Clav. 01:50
10 Variatio 9. Canone alla Terza. a 1 Clav. 01:22
11 Variatio 10. Fughetta. a 1 Clav. 01:28
12 Variatio 11. a Clav. 01:30
13 Variatio 12. Canone alla Quarta. a 1 Clav. 02:22
14 Variatio 13. a 2 Clav. 06:46
15 Variatio 14. a 2 Clav. 02:05
16 Variatio 15. Canone alla Quinta. a 1 Clav. 04:13
17 Variatio 16. Ouverture. a 1 Clav. 02:40
18 Variatio 17. a 2 Clav. 01:39
19 Variatio 18. Canone alla Sexta. a 1 Clav. 01:35
20 Variatio 19. a 1 Clav. 01:47
21 Variatio 20. a 2 Clav. 01:42
22 Variatio 21. Canone alla Settima. a 1 Clav. 02:55
23 Variatio 22. a 1 Clav. 01:28
24 Variatio 23. a 2 Clav. 01:48
25 Variatio 24. Canone all'Ottava. a 1 Clav. 03:38
26 Variatio 25. a 2 Clav. 08:23
27 Variatio 26. a 2 Clav. 01:51
28 Variatio 27. Canone alla Nona. a 2 Clav. 01:41
29 Variatio 28. a 2 Clav. 02:24
30 Variatio 29. a 1 o vero 2 Clav. 02:15
31 Variatio 30. Quodlibet. a 1 Clav. 02:43
32 Aria da capo 02:33
     
 Nina Schumann Soloist
 Luis Magalhaes Soloist


In 2007 the husband-and-wife team TwoPianists ‘burst onto the scene’ (James Harrington, American Record Guide) with their double-disc The Complete Works for Two Pianos by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Two years later, proving their success was no fluke, the couple released another stellar disc, simply entitled TwoPianists. What followed was ordinary yet significant: life, children, company (they are founders of TwoPianists Records) and health. It is therefore with immense pride that TwoPianists presents the Bach Goldberg Variations in the formidable arrangement done for two pianos by Reger and Rheinberger.

In the realm of music criticism and scholarship, Bach’s music is often hailed as the epitome of functional musical logic. Every note has its place, every chord has its function, and all musical elements are combined in a masterful display of contrapuntal craft with few recognised rivals. But despite the intellectual reverence to which Bach’s music is subjected, musicians are still able to find themselves intimately and affectively involved with his compositions.

The pianistic appropriation of Bach prompts a natural question: if we take the liberty of playing Bach’s harpsichord and organ works on modern concert pianos, are we not violating the composer’s artistic intentions? And if we commit ourselves to this anachronistic exception on as basic a question as instrumentation, what grounds have we to make other judgements about what is stylistically appropriate? To what extent should one follow the directions of the score, if the score fails to unambiguously specify the composer’s intentions? Should period-style ornamentation be used, and should it be used throughout the performance? Should all repeats be observed, and how should one treat phrasing with regard to tempo? Where should the musical work dominate the expressive tendencies of the players, and where should the opposite hold true?

These questions are thrown into even sharper relief on this recording of the Goldberg Variations, because the arrangement being played is not of Bach’s doing but rather the Reger edition of Rheinberger’s duo arrangement. Thus, the score upon which the present recording is based is something of a joint effort between Bach in the early 1740s, and Rheinberger and Reger about a century and a half later. And, as is very much the case, a significant interpretative contribution has been made by the performers themselves: pianists on the southern tip of Africa in the early 21st century.

 
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