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Track Listing:

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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Aria
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 1. a 1 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 2. a 1 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 3. Canone all'Unisono
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 4. a 1 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 5. a 1 o vero 2 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 6. Canone alla Seconda.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 7. a 1 o vero 2 Clav. al tempo di Giga
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 8. a 2 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 9. Canone alla Terza. a 1 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 10. Fughetta. a 1 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 11. a 2 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 12. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quarta
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 13. a 2 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 14. a 2 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 15. Canone alla Quinta.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 16. Ouverture. a 1 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 17. a 2 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 18. Canone alla Sesta. a 1 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 19. a 1 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 20. a 1 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 21. Canone alla Settima
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 22. a 1 Clav. alla breve
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 23. a 2 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 24. Canone all'Ottava. a 1 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 25. a 2 Clav.: Adagio
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 26. a 2 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 27. Canone alla Nona. a 2 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 28. a 2 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 29. a 1 o vero 2 Clav.
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations - Variation 30. a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
 

Mahan Esfahani :

Bach - Goldberg Variations


Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani Records Bach's Goldberg Variations for Deutsche Grammophon

Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani approaches one of the greatest works of the Baroque repertoire with fresh eyes: Bach's incomparable Goldberg Variations.  Following the success of his DG debut album, Time Present Time Past, Esfahani returns to the baroque and records one of the keyboard's undisputed masterpieces.  The album will be released on August 26, 2016.

Not only are the Goldberg Variations recognized for their genius, they are also surrounded by a number of stories.  Esfahani says, "I haven't the foggiest notion of what Bach's "Goldberg" Variations "are" and I find most of the cosmological and numerological chatter around them to be tremendously irritating, but I cannot deny that I find a great deal of narrative and life beyond the score when I play them. Coming in the last decade of the composer's life, they offer us a view both of someone looking back on his decades-long aesthetic transformation and of an innovative and sensitive musician responding to new trends and techniques around him."

Esfahani returns to the US on October 6, 2016, for a concert with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and again in March 2017 for recitals in Princeton, New York and Durham.

Of Esfahani's DG debut album, Time Present Time Past, the New York Times said, "A model recording for any instrument, not just the harpsichord ... Exhaustingly brilliant."