Wolfgang Rübsam....Bach: Goldberg Variations
This not just a different version of Variations; it is, the sleeve notes imply, the one Bach wanted you to hear, played as it is on a lute harpsichord (one of only a few in existence, built by Keith Hill) at a sensible tempo.
The “so-called” (as the sleeve notes put it) Goldberg Variations were first published in 1741. One account suggested the work was written for harpsichordist, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg; the fact that Goldberg was 13 when the work was published suggests that this anecdote is not true. The work is the culmination of Baroque variation technique, say the sleeve notes.
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