In the Baroque period, there really was no such thing as an "orchestra" as we understand the term today. There were large collections of singers and players brought together for special occasions, but aside from those, an "orchestral" work was anything that required more than five or six players. Bach's harpsichord concertos, for example, can be performed by a couple of dozen string players plus the soloist, or with an accompaniment of one person per part, which is more or less what we get here. These small forces permit an unprecedented transparency of sound and sharpness of attack, even if some weight and body of tone necessarily get sacrificed. It's a perfectly legitimate way to play the music, however, and you won't find it better done than here.
Brilliant composer and organist Johann Sebastian Bach completes the long journey from his home in Leipzig to Potsdam.
Gödel, Escher, Bach: un'eterna ghirlanda brillante, talvolta abbreviato in GEB, è un celebre saggio di Douglas Hofstadter, pubblicato la prima volta nel 1979 per Basic Books e vincitore di un Premio Pulitzer. Una nuova prefazione scritta da Hofstadter ha caratterizzato una ristampa altrimenti invariata nel ventesimo anniversario pubblicata nel 1999. Il libro ha come sottotitolo Una fuga metaforica su menti e macchine nello spirito di Lewis Carroll. …
Following his landmark recordings, "Beethoven - The Late Piano Sonatas" and "Bach - Partitas", both of which has won him international acclaim, Igor Levit is now tackling another three major works: Bach's Goldberg Variations, Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, and Frederic Rzewski's Variations on "The People United Will Never Be Defeated".
It is testament to Igor Levit's invention and the command of his repertoire that in one release he is able to combine arguably two of history’s greatest sets of variations for the keyboard, complete alongside a classic of late 20th century piano music by contemporary composer Frederic Rzewski.