Diana Boyle – Bach Goldberg Varations

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Catalogue No: ZDA 50503
EAN/UPC: 809730050305
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Release Date: January 2017
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Discs: 2

The first of our new digital-only ‘Intangible Classics’ series and of the Diana Boyle edition; a superb rendition of this timeless masterpiece. Though recorded in 2003, this recording has never been available until now and demonstrates Diana Boyle’s deep and thoughtful approach to the works of Bach.

Like Die Kunst der Fuge, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 899, have come to be seen as one of the pinnacles of keyboard writing, not only of the baroque era but of all time. The Aria with diverse variations for a harpsichord with two manuals as it is formally named is the capstone of the Clavierübung publication project which was finalised in 1741. Amazingly, like much of Bach’s work, it remained an esoteric and little-known work until introduced into the repertoire by Rudolf Serkin in the 1920s.

Diana Boyle is a fine pianist who records little but prepares each recording with years of thought, consideration and meditation on the music. She moved to the Goldberg Variations after recording Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier as a stepping stone to the inscrutable Art of Fugue. She avoided listening to any other versions, because as she says, “I need to find my own voice when studying these masterpieces and then try to express those thoughts at the keyboard.” Like all of Boyle’s work this is a very carefully prepared and well crafted performance, an excellent addition to the library of recordings of this work.

Track Listing

    Johann Sebastian Bach:

  1. I. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − I. Aria (3:10)
  2. II. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − II. Variation 1 (1:09)
  3. III. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − III. Variation 2 (1:47)
  4. IV. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − IV. Variation 3 (3:10)
  5. V. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − V. Variation 4 (1:23)
  6. VI. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − VI. Variation 5 (1:02)
  7. VII. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − VII. Variation 6 (1:42)
  8. VIII. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − VIII. Variation 7 (1:33)
  9. IX. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − IX. Variation 8 (1:25)
  10. X. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − X. Variation 9 (2:09)
  11. XI. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XI. Variation 10 (1:13)
  12. XII. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XII. Variation 11 (1:26)
  13. XIII. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XIII. Variation 12 (3:04)
  14. XIV. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XIV. Variation 13 (3:35)
  15. XV. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XV. Variation 14 (1:29)
  16. XVI. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XVI. Variation 15 (6:32)
  17. XVII. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XVII. Variation 16 (3:39)
  18. XVIII. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XVIII. Variation 17 (1:25)
  19. XIX. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XIX. Variation 18 (2:31)
  20. XX. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XX. Variation 19 (0:51)
  21. XXI. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XXI. Variation 20 (1:17)
  22. XXII. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XXII. Variation 21 (4:25)
  23. XXIII. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XXIII. Variation 22 (1:50)
  24. XXIV. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XXIV. Variation 23 (1:24)
  25. XXV. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XXV. Variation 24 (4:08)
  26. XXVI. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XXVI. Variation 25 (6:08)
  27. XXVII. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XXVII. Variation 26 (1:32)
  28. XXVIII. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XXVIII. Variation 27 (3:15)
  29. XXIX. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XXIX. Variation 28 (1:38)
  30. XXX. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XXX. Variation 29 (1:22)
  31. XXXI. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XXXI. Variation 30 (2:20)
  32. XXXII. Aria with Divers Variations for Harpsichord, BWV 988 − XXXII. Aria da Capo (3:11)

Reviews

CD Classico

The artist who lives in seclusion in southern Portugal … conducts a coherent search, reflecting and meditating, in order to establish her artistic and aural approach. Her result is not typical because her interpretation and the fluency of her musical speech is highly influenced by a very careful, pronounced way of phrasing. So the fragmentary Variations become a continuous flow within which the alternation of the variations appear like scenes on which to pin the phrases: a legato, a rubato.. which prepare the listener for the format of the later and great work, the Art of Fugue.

” —Andrea Bedetti
Amazon

“This is a magical listening experience. [Ms Boyle] does not attempt to deprive Gould of his speed record (neither did Gould himself make an assault on it when he re-recorded the work in 1981) but brings something quite different though equally exciting to the set. Her sound world is a different one from Gould’s: richer, warmer, more nuanced and full of emotional as well as intellectual depth and resonance. Hats off to Diana Boyle.”

” —Anthony MacDonald