Bach - The Final Years

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Donald Macleod explores the great sequence of summatory masterpieces from the last decade of Bach's life.

1/5. The Goldberg Variations, written for an insomniac aristocrat, are heard in the interpretations of Glenn Gould (piano) and Virginia Black (harpsichord). An aria of beautifully poised simplicity yields 30 variations that include dances, a French overture, a series of dazzling canones and a Quodlibet on popular tunes, before the touching return of the Aria itself.

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, Aria (also in Anna Magdalena notebook, vol 2)

Virginia Black (harpsichord)

Goldberg variations, BWV 988

Variation 1 (a 1 clavier); Variation 2 (a 1 clavier); Variation 3, Canone all'unisona (a 1 clavier); Variation 4 (a 1 clavier)

Variation 7 (a 1 ovvero 2 claviers)

Variation 15: Canone alla quinta in moto contrario

Variation 16: Ouverture (a 1 clavier); Variation 17 (a 2 claviers); Variation 18: Canone alla sesta (a 1 clavier); Variation 19 (a 1 clavier); Variation 20 (a 2 claviers)

Glenn Gould (piano)

Variation 22: Alla breve (a 1 clavier); Variation 23 (a 2 claviers); Variation 24: Canone all'ottava (a 1 clavier)

Variations 25 (a 2 claviers)

Variation 28 (a 2 claviers); Variation 29 (a 1 ovvero 2 claviers); Variation 30: Quodlibet (a 1 clavier)

Aria da capo

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Donald Macleod explores the great sequence of summatory masterpieces from the last decade of Bach's life.

1/5. The Goldberg Variations, written for an insomniac aristocrat, are heard in the interpretations of Glenn Gould (piano) and Virginia Black (harpsichord). An aria of beautifully poised simplicity yields 30 variations that include dances, a French overture, a series of dazzling canones and a Quodlibet on popular tunes, before the touching return of the Aria itself.

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, Aria (also in Anna Magdalena notebook, vol 2)

Virginia Black (harpsichord)

Goldberg variations, BWV 988

Variation 1 (a 1 clavier); Variation 2 (a 1 clavier); Variation 3, Canone all'unisona (a 1 clavier); Variation 4 (a 1 clavier)

Variation 7 (a 1 ovvero 2 claviers)

Variation 15: Canone alla quinta in moto contrario

Variation 16: Ouverture (a 1 clavier); Variation 17 (a 2 claviers); Variation 18: Canone alla sesta (a 1 clavier); Variation 19 (a 1 clavier); Variation 20 (a 2 claviers)

Glenn Gould (piano)

Variation 22: Alla breve (a 1 clavier); Variation 23 (a 2 claviers); Variation 24: Canone all'ottava (a 1 clavier)

Variations 25 (a 2 claviers)

Variation 28 (a 2 claviers); Variation 29 (a 1 ovvero 2 claviers); Variation 30: Quodlibet (a 1 clavier)

Aria da capo

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Donald Macleod explores the great sequence of summatory masterpieces from the last decade of Bach's life.

5/5. On 21 March, 1750, Bach was 65 and within months of his death. He continued to compose even as his eyesight deteriorated to the point of blindness. Donald Macleod looks at the work left unfinished when Bach died.

The Art of Fugue is an encyclopaedia or compendium of all of Bach's vast knowledge of counterpoint. Extracts are performed by the Bell' Arte Ensemble, Stuttgart; Hedwig Bilgram (harpsichord) and the Delmé String Quartet, who play Tovey's completion of the final unfinished fugue.

Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 769

Christopher Dearnley (organ)

Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, extract - Contrapunctus 1

Bell' Arte Ensemble

Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, extract - Contrapunctus V1

Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, extract - Canon at the octave

Hedwig Bilgram (harpsichord)

Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, extract - Contrapunctus X1

Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, extract - Canon at the Twelfth

Hedwig Bilgram, Egino Klepper (harpsichord)

Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, extract - Contrapunctus X1V, completed Tovey

Delmé String Quartet.

05 LAST20060609

Donald Macleod explores the great sequence of summatory masterpieces from the last decade of Bach's life.

5/5. On 21 March, 1750, Bach was 65 and within months of his death. He continued to compose even as his eyesight deteriorated to the point of blindness. Donald Macleod looks at the work left unfinished when Bach died.

The Art of Fugue is an encyclopaedia or compendium of all of Bach's vast knowledge of counterpoint. Extracts are performed by the Bell' Arte Ensemble, Stuttgart; Hedwig Bilgram (harpsichord) and the Delmé String Quartet, who play Tovey's completion of the final unfinished fugue.

Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 769

Christopher Dearnley (organ)

Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, extract - Contrapunctus 1

Bell' Arte Ensemble

Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, extract - Contrapunctus V1

Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, extract - Canon at the octave

Hedwig Bilgram (harpsichord)

Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, extract - Contrapunctus X1

Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, extract - Canon at the Twelfth

Hedwig Bilgram, Egino Klepper (harpsichord)

Art of Fugue, BWV 1080, extract - Contrapunctus X1V, completed Tovey

Delmé String Quartet.