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In the 18th century the Goldberg Variations took keyboard music to a new, unheard-of level. Not only because of their technical excellence but especially because of their miraculous wealth of expressions, you hear during the aria and the 30 variations.
Geoffrey Madge started performing the Goldberg Variations approximately 40 years ago. From then on until this day he has experienced every performance as a new event. Each time is a re-discovery of the infinite possibilities that are contained in the score. Impossible to include all in one performance. The performer needs to have a good control of voicing. And that often within a dynamic range that remains intimate. The wisdom of life speaks in every variation. The repeated aria as the finale of the whole series of variations is a totally different experience than the same aria as played at the beginning. In these moments Bach’s time becomes also ours, timeless.
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|4||Variatio 3 Canone all’Unisono|
|7||Variatio 6 Canone alla Seconda|
|8||Variatio 7 Al tempo di Giga|
|10||Variatio 9 Canone alla Terza|
|11||Variatio 10 Fughetta|
|13||Variatio 12 Canone alla Quarta|
|16||Variatio 15 Canone alla Quinta|
|17||Variatio 16 Ouverture|
|19||Variatio 18 Canone alla Sesta|
|22||Variatio 21 Canone alla Settima.|
|23||Variatio 22 Alla breve|
|25||Variatio 24 Canone all’Ottava|
|26||Variatio 25 Adagio|
|28||Variatio 27 Canone alla Nona|
|31||Variatio 30 Quodlibet|
|32||Aria da capo|