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Barenboim plays Bach's Goldberg Variations

In 1741 Johann Sebastian Bach published the fourth and last volume of his most extensive keyboard publication, the Clavier-Übung: an aria and thirty variations known universally as the ‘Goldberg’ Variations. This monumental work, which is about eighty minutes long, is unquestionably one of the towering masterpieces of Western music. At times the ‘Goldberg’ Variations anticipate the keyboard writing of nearly a hundred years later. They present the performer with a great challenge, which Daniel Barenboim successfully addresses by using the piano to ‘orchestrate’ the music, creating the illusion of clearly defined instrumental sounds. Recorded at Bavaria Musikstudios Munich, 1992, Directed by Christopher Nupen. Produced by Metropolitan Munich in association with Allegro Films.


Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

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Picture format
NTSC 16:9
Sound format
PCM Stereo
Total running time
100 mins
Details running time
90 mins (Concert), 10 mins (Bonus)
Booklet notes
English, French, German
No. of discs
Daniel Barenboim introduces the ‘Goldberg’ Variations (in English)