Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Johann Sebastian Bach's "Goldberg Variations" Performed by Glenn Gould

On occasion of a second night of work-fueled insomnia (not even the Paraguay-Japan game has managed to put me to sleep), the Goldberg Variations, composed for a "former Russian ambassador to the electoral court of Saxony" who "was often ill and had sleepless nights" and requested of the composer "some clavier pieces... which should be of such a smooth and somewhat lively character that he might be a little cheered up by them in his sleepless nights." For purists, the original instrumentation (the piano had not yet been invented in 1741) — Pierre Hantaï Perfoms J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations.

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Blogger Rick DeLano said...

Two words. Andras Schiff.

7:05 AM  

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