The Goldberg Variations: The Double Manual Experience

When J. S. Bach wrote the Goldberg Variations, he specified that they were to be played on an instrument with two manuals, or keyboards. The Metropolitan Museum's Musical Instruments collection is home to one of only sixty double-manual pianos ever made. The brilliant Christopher Taylor has actively promoted the rediscovery of this unique instrument, and performs Bach's most ambitious work in its entirety on a Bösendorfer double-manual piano—as Bach had intended.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Christopher Taylor, piano

Aria
Variation   1.    a 1 Clav.
Variation   2.    a 1 Clav.
Variation   3.    Canone all'Unisono a 1 Clav.
Variation   4.    a 1 Clav.
Variation   5.    a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Variation   6.    Canone alla Seconda a 1 Clav.
Variation   7.    a ovvero 2 Clav. al tempo di Giga
Variation   8.    a 2 Clav.
Variation   9.    Canone alla Terza a 1 Clav.
Variation 10.    Fughetta. a 1 Clav.
Variation 11.    a 2 Clav.
Variation 12.    Canone alla Quarta a 1 Clav.
Variation 13.    a 2 Clav.
Variation 14.    a 2 Clav.
Variation 15.    Canone alla Quinta in moto contrario a 1 Clav.

Intermission

Variation 16.    Ouverture a 1 Clav.
Variation 17.    a 2 Clav.
Variation 18.    Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.
Variation 19.    a 1 Clav.
Variation 20.    a 2 Clav.
Variation 21.    Canone alla Settima a 1 Clav.
Variation 22.    a 1 Clav.
Variation 23.    a 2 Clav.
Variation 24.    Canone all'Ottava a 1 Clav.
Variation 25.    a 2 Clav.
Variation 26.    a 2 Clav.
Variation 27.    Canone alla Nona a 2 Clav.
Variation 28.    a 2 Clav.
Variation 29.    a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Variation 30.    Quodlibet a 1 Clav.
Aria da capo e fine

Recorded November 21, 2014

This program is in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum's Department of Musical Instruments.

Special thanks to the Department of Musical Instruments.

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