J.S. Bach

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Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Bernard Lagace
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Beckerath Organ, Eglise Immaculee-Conception
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Analekta/Fleur de Lys
Catalog Number:FL 2 3068
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Total Playing Time:77:43
Comments:Canadian organist Bernard Lagace offers an interesting presentation of BachÆs Goldberg Variations on the organ. He opens with the somber Aria and the variations spring to life thereafter. The variations come with a stately speed, without rush but certainly no lack of momentum either. He offers colourful registration, with each registration suited to the character of each variation. The Goldberg Variations, already a monumental piece on its own, is made even bigger by his rendition that certainly does the Beckerath organ at Eglise Immaculate-Conception justice. The playback level needs to be reduced to achieve a genuine and lifelike effect.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Freddie Sng
Date First Submitted:02/14/1997