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J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Aria
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 1
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 2
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 3 (Canone all'Unisono)
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 4
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 5
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 6 (Canone alla Seconda)
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 7
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 8
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 9 (Canone alla Terza)
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 10 (Fughetta)
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 11
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 12 (Canone alla Quarta)
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 13
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 14
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 15 (Canone alla Quinta)
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 16
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 17
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 18 (Canone alla Sesta)
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 19
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 20
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 21 (Canone alla Settima)
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 22
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 23
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 24 (Canone all'Ottava)
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 25
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 26
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 27 (Canone alla Nona)
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 28
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 29
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Variation 30 (Quodlibet)
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Bach: Goldberg Variations: Aria
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John Schaefer is the host of WNYC’s innovative music/talk show Soundcheck, which features live performances and interviews with a variety of guests. Schaefer ha...more »

04.22.11
A previously unsung 35-year-old Brooklyn piano teacher tackles one of the most famous pieces ever written.
Label: Telarc

With dozens of the greatest pianists in recorded history having recorded this piece, including the remarkable (and remarkably different) versions that bookended the career of Glenn Gould, it's natural to ask: do we really need another pianist doing Bach's “Goldberg” Variations? Surprisingly enough, the answer appears to be a resounding yes. Even more shocking, the evidence comes not from one of the overhyped young virtuosos currently smashing keyboards from China to Chattanooga, but from… read more »

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bitrates

mvidarus

I gave high-quality vbr a try for encoding my CD's but I'm coming back to fixed rate 320kb/s, it really stands out for me. I even like it better than FLAC, for some reason. I think that in the beggining 320kbs mp3's were the standard in emusic, it would be nice if one could still choose that option.

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Performance/encoding

caro1eb

As to this performance, I find it annoyingly uneven. I should have searched around emusic a little more instead of falling for the hype. I'm actually going to have to download another, different performance. As to the sound, I can't comment on the comparative quality of a CD of this album (as other reviewers have), but why have so many of you complained about emusic encoding?? One primary reason that I am a member is that every MP3 track that I have ever downloaded from emusic (except one, which I reported to emusic) has been of VBR or variable bit rate quality. According to my own ears (and other sources), that's currently the best. I feel it's most dynamic. As a track plays, your player might not display "VBR" or the varying rate. But I'm seeing as low as 128 and as high as 320 kbps on these particular tracks.

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Beautiful in its simplicity

SiRambutPutih-1

What most of the reviews argue is the fact that this download is economically untenable in light of the competition. However, let's get back to the substance of the work. It is played with a sensitivity rare for this series of works. It is acomplished and well worth the listen from whereever U decide to purchase the album. Dinnerstein has given us a new interpretation that begs pause.

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No bargain

meniscus

Lovely interpretation but 32 credits - ridiculous, I'm afraid. This CD - like several others - I heard on emusic but bought it from Amazon - much better value.

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"new" emusic?

monk24

I had thought that part of the benefit of the "new" emusic would be that albums with lots of short tracks could be downloaded as whole albums for fewer credits (12 wasn't it?). Seems that once again they've told us one thing and done another. I'll go pick this up at my independent record store or buy it from amazon (they actually offer whole-album discounts). Not use 32 credits on it.

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Took me a while to warm up to it, now I like it.

sully75

Love the new and old Glenn Gould recordings. This is different, cleaner, warmer, smoother. She takes every repeat, which structures the pieces differently. I agree that these pieces definitely reward listening to different versions.

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Gut wrenchingly good . . .

RedandBlackRedneck

. . . I listen to it constantly and every time I do, it hits me again. Definitely a "desert-island disc."

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Lovely and rewarding

sophist

It is well worth hearing, even though I admit it is not my very favorite performance of this piece. It did help me hear new things in the variations that I don't think I had heard before. But what the heck is with needing to use 32 credits for this album? I bought the CD, and am glad I did. Recall that the Glenn Gould 1981 CD is a single seamless track - can we get that for 1 credit? Nope, didn't think so.

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Perfect!

RaiderwithDawgs

I hope MP3s don't ware out from playing them too much!

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in response to -music-lover-

MarkusF

I dare to state that the listed renditions are so fundamentally different and innovative in their own ways that there is no redundancy in investing in all of them. the sound issue pointed out earlier, however, is a serious shortcoming of the Dinnerstein emusic download.

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