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Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch II



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Bach’s Goldberg Variations consists of an aria and 30 dazzling variations. The opening aria is a highly ornamented Sarabande. Melodic contour is wonderfully crafted as Bach explores a descending five-note pattern in a typically French style. However, from the first variation it becomes clear that melody is not the theme. Instead Bach produces variations on the bass line and its chord progression. In other words, it is a harmonic universe that Bach explores. The thirty variations are generally divided into three groups: dance, canon and arabesque. Every third variation in the set is a canon that increases by its intervallic answer, beginning at the unison until Variation 27 which is a canon at the ninth. Such a feat is in itself a contrapuntal exercise in genius; more so as these variations are not heavy with cerebral skill, but instead, dance with sparkling lightness. Toru Takemitsu composed his Rain Tree Sketch II in 1992, in memory of Olivier Messiaen, the French composer who was a strong influence on Takemitsu. The title of the work was probably inspired by a quotation from a novel by Kenzaburo Oe, Atama no ii, Ame no Ki: “it was named the ‘rain tree’, for its abundant foliage continued to let fall rain drops from the previous night’s shower until the following midday. Its hundreds of thousands of tiny, finger-like leaves store up moisture, whereas other trees dry out at once.” The work is a dreamy meditation on the flow of life, and was Takemitsu’s last piano piece.
Facts
Item number QTZ2130
Barcode 880040213024
Release date 7/20/2018
Category Classical Music
Label QUARTZ MUSIC
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Fujisawa, Reiko
Disc: 1
Goldberg Variations, BWV 98800:38:48
1 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria 00:04:08 Fujisawa, Reiko
2 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 1 00:01:47 Fujisawa, Reiko
3 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 2 00:01:38 Fujisawa, Reiko
4 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 3, Canone all'u 00:01:56 Fujisawa, Reiko
5 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 4 00:01:06 Fujisawa, Reiko
6 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 5 00:01:30 Fujisawa, Reiko
7 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 6, Canone alla 00:01:38 Fujisawa, Reiko
8 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 7 00:02:24 Fujisawa, Reiko
9 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 8 00:01:48 Fujisawa, Reiko
10 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 9, Canone alla 00:02:08 Fujisawa, Reiko
11 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 10, Fughetta 00:01:42 Fujisawa, Reiko
12 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 11 00:02:08 Fujisawa, Reiko
13 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 12, Canone alla 00:02:26 Fujisawa, Reiko
14 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 13 00:03:00 Fujisawa, Reiko
15 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 14 00:02:12 Fujisawa, Reiko
16 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 15, Canone alla 00:04:35 Fujisawa, Reiko
17 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 16, Ouverture 00:02:51 Fujisawa, Reiko
18 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 17 00:01:49 Fujisawa, Reiko
19 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 18, Canone alla 00:01:31 Fujisawa, Reiko
20 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 19 00:01:30 Fujisawa, Reiko
21 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 20 00:01:58 Fujisawa, Reiko
22 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 21, Canone alla 00:03:11 Fujisawa, Reiko
23 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 22, Alla breve 00:01:36 Fujisawa, Reiko
24 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 23 00:02:06 Fujisawa, Reiko
25 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 24, Canone all' 00:02:40 Fujisawa, Reiko
26 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 25 00:02:40 Fujisawa, Reiko
27 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 26 00:02:12 Fujisawa, Reiko
28 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 27, Canone alla 00:01:43 Fujisawa, Reiko
29 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 28 00:02:25 Fujisawa, Reiko
30 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 29 00:02:10 Fujisawa, Reiko
31 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Var. 30, Quodlibet 00:01:47 Fujisawa, Reiko
32 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria da capo 00:02:18 Fujisawa, Reiko
Ame no ki sobyo II (Rain Tree Sketch II), "In memo00:04:15
33 Rain Tree Sketch II "In memoriam Olivier Messiaen" 00:05:04 Fujisawa, Reiko
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