J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations for String Trio

J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations for String Trio
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Amati String Trio
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 9184
EAN code 5029365918428
Release April 2010

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About this release

Probably no great composer has been ‘arranged’ more often than Bach. Be it the C major Prelude from Book 1 of the Well Tempered Clavier which has another life as Gounod’s Ave Maria, or the jazz piano trio arrangements of Jacques Loussier of his keyboard concertos, his music shines through, and endures, reaching wider audiences. The Sitkovetsky arrangement of the Goldberg Variations (originally for harpsichord) ranks as one of the finest arrangements. It is the most recent in a long and honourable tradition that has seen Mozart arrange Bach’s fugues for string trio and quartet, and, indeed the great Johann Sebastian arrange Vivaldi’s concertos for keyboard.

Sitkovetsky’s arrangement treats all three instruments as different registers of a single instrument – all three are equal partners. Bach dedicated the ‘Aria’ ‘ to music lovers for the benefit of their souls’. This arrangement was certainly made in the spirit of Bach’s dedication.

Other information:
- Recording made in 1999.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Aria
  2. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 1
  3. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 2
  4. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 3 (CaNone all ‘unisoNo)
  5. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 4
  6. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 5
  7. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 6 (CaNone alla seconda)
  8. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 7 (Tempo di giga)
  9. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 8
  10. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 9 (CaNone alla terza)
  11. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 10 (Fughetta)
  12. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 11
  13. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 12 (CaNone alla quarta)
  14. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 13
  15. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 14
  16. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 15 (CaNone alla quinta, andante)
  17. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 16, Ouverture
  18. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 17
  19. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 18 (CaNone alla sexta)
  20. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 19
  21. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 20
  22. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 21 (CaNone alla settima)
  23. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 22
  24. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 23
  25. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 24 (CaNone all’ottava)
  26. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 25
  27. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 26
  28. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 27 (CaNone alla Nona)
  29. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 28
  30. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 29
  31. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Variation 30 (Quodlibet)
  32. Goldberg Variations, arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky (in memoriam Glenn Gould): Aria da capo