Zhu Xiao- Mei – J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 ( 180g 2LP)

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Label: Accentus Music ACC 40372
“In this work,” says Zhu Xiao-Mei, “Bach gave musical expression to life in all of its infinite facets.” The Chinese pianist’s name is inextricably linked to that of Johann Sebastian Bach. For Zhu Xiao-Mei the special quality of the Goldberg Variations lies in the fact that all human emotions and feelings find expression here. “I love them above all else, each day a little more, and I have always wanted to share this love with others…” Since her first pioneering recording of the Goldberg Variations more than twenty years ago, Zhu Xiao-Mei has played the work several hundred times at recitals all over the world. Through the encounter with her audiences she has evolved a new vision of the work, which she is now presenting to listeners in the form of this new recording. “It is the cyclical character of the work that I believe affects listeners the most. It begins and ends in the same way. And when we again hear the Aria, we have the impression that we have understood something. It is about life and death. The Chinese will quote Lao Tzu: “The return is the movement of Tao.” Christians will talk about eternal life. It is also about the idea that there is no ending. And so there is hope.“
Recorded at Theatre et Auditorium de Poitiers, France

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Zhu Xiao-Mei

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A
1Aria4:16
2Variatio 1.a 1 Clav.1:45
3Variatio 2.a 1 Clav.1:38
4Variatio 3. Canone all'Unisuono a 1 Clav.1:44
5Variatio 4. a 1 Clav.1:08
6Variatio 5. a1 ovvero 2 Clav.1:31
7Variatio 6. Canone alla Seconda a 1 Clav.1:31
8Variatio 7. a1 ovvero 2 Clav. al tempo di Giga2:10
9Variatio 8. a 2 Clav.1:51
10Variatio 9. Canone alla Terza a 1 Clav.1:47
B
1Variatio 10. Fughetta a 1 Clav.1:39
2Variatio 11. a 2 Clav.1:59
3Variatio 12. Canone alla Quarta a 1 Clav.2:09
4Variatio 13. a 2 Clav.4:54
5Variatio 14. a 2 Clav.2:08
6Variatio 15. Canone alla Quinta a 1 Clav.4:12
C
1Variatio 16. Ouverture a 1 Clav.3:01
2Variatio 17. a 2 Clav.1:51
3Variatio 18. Canone alla Sexta a 1 Clav.1:31
4Variatio 19. a 1 Clav.1:41
5Variatio 20. a 2 Clav.1:55
6Variatio 21. Canone alla Settima a 1 Clav.2:47
7Variatio 22. a 1 Clav.1:42
8Variatio 23. a 2 Clav.2:06
9Variatio 24. Canone all'Ottava a 1 Clav.2:33
D
1Variatio 25. a 2 Clav.7:59
2Variatio 26 a 2 Clav.2:09
3Variatio 27. Canone lla Nona a 2 Clav.1:46
4Variatio 28. a 2 Clav.2:34
5Variatio 29. a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.2:07
6Variatio 30. Quodibet a 1 Clav.1:54
7Aria da Capo2:26
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