Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Bach's Goldberg Variations

Amazon.com sent me a voucher of $25, for having spent so much money at their site over the years. So I bought a book by P.D. James (love a good mystery), and two cds, one by Telemann and the other Bach's Goldberg Variations. Of course it was the Glenn Gould recording (1981 version). It was a serious gap in my collection. What a revelation this recording is! It went right into the iPod. Did you know that Bach and Telemann were friends? Telemann was C.P.E. Bach's godfather, and J.S. Bach directed the Leipzig University Collegium Musicum (a form of musical society) which Telemann founded. It was a small world back then too, it seems.

Well that's it. Just trust me and go out and get the Goldberg Variations. Put it next to "Brendel Plays Bach" on your shelf. The "Italian Concerto in F" will lower your blood pressure and assure you that there is a God. Bach! the fifth Evangelist.

2 Comments:

Blogger homo unius libri said...

AH Bach...

9:27 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Murray Perahia's recording of the Goldberg Variations is also quite good.

11:28 AM  

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