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Offline irina lankova

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Goldberg Variations
on: April 10, 2020, 07:50:18 AM
Hello everyone,

I would like to share with you my new series of videos featuring 'Goldberg Variations' of Jean Sebastien Bach, with some personal comments and explanations, here are first 2 videos:

- Irina Lankova presents GOLDBERG VARIATIONS / INTRODUCTION:


- Irina Lankova presents GOLDBERG VARIATIONS / ARIA :


Hope you enjoy watching them and find them helpful,
Irina
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Offline thalbergmad

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Re: Goldberg Variations
Reply #1 on: April 10, 2020, 10:41:36 AM
Beautifully played. Many pianists seem to play this too fast nowadays  Thankfully, you are not one of them.
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Re: Goldberg Variations
Reply #2 on: April 10, 2020, 01:49:11 PM
Thank you for commenting!
There are 30 variations, so I'll keep posting for a while, bear with me!
Irina

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Re: Goldberg Variations
Reply #3 on: April 10, 2020, 06:46:42 PM
And here is the next video:

Irina Lankova presents GOLDBERG VARIATIONS / VARIATION 1:

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Re: Goldberg Variations
Reply #4 on: April 12, 2020, 09:30:18 AM
HAPPY EASTER DEAR FRIENDS!
Easter is a symbol of renewal. Times are terrible.. but Hope is there, so letís keep the spirit of Easter!

Here is the next 2 variations:

Irina Lankova presents GOLDBERG VARIATIONS / VARIATION 2


Irina Lankova presents GOLDBERG VARIATIONS / VARIATION 3


Love,
Irina

Offline ianw

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Re: Goldberg Variations
Reply #5 on: April 13, 2020, 12:31:15 AM
Hi Irina.  Thanks so much for putting this project together.  Playing, filming and sound recording all of the highest quality.

Happy Easter to you too :)

Regards,
Ian.

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Re: Goldberg Variations
Reply #6 on: April 14, 2020, 11:56:12 AM
Thank you!!

Please find here below the 2 following Variations:

Variation 4 reminds of a Baroque dance ĎPassepiedí, a use of forth notes suggest something not too fast, rather elegant, noble and without precipitation:
Irina Lankova presents GOLDBERG VARIATIONS / VARIATION 4 :


Variation 5 is the first of the hand-crossing variations. The Goldberg were written for the harpsichord with 2 manuals, where the hand crossing is relatively easy to do, but on the piano itís much more difficult.. :
Irina Lankova presents GOLDBERG VARIATIONS / VARIATION 5 :


See you soon,
Irina

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Re: Goldberg Variations
Reply #7 on: April 17, 2020, 07:11:42 AM

Good morning,
Here are 2 following variations :

Variation 6 is 2nd Canon Ďat the secondí, the follower begins the interval of a second above the first. When the voices cross, it creates creating dissonances for split second each time. And these dissonances create some how a feeling of a nostalgia even though we are still in G major. 
Irina Lankova presents GOLDBERG VARIATIONS / VARIATION 6 :


Variation 7 has numerous short trills and appoggiaturas that make it very refined and delicate; for me it's delicious music, always makes me smile :)
Irina Lankova presents GOLDBERG VARIATIONS / VARIATION 7 :

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Re: Goldberg Variations
Reply #8 on: April 24, 2020, 01:00:46 PM
Hello Piano Street friends,
Hope you're well and healthy.

Here are the next 3 Variations: 8, 9 & 10, hope you'll enjoy listening and maybe learning a little more about them:

Variation 8 is another hand-crossing variation. This is relatively easy to perform on a two-manual harpsichord, but quite difficult to do on a piano. And another difficulty is to avoid it sound Ďangular, with anglesí. I imagine in the left hand a flat stone thrown on the water.
Irina Lankova presents GOLDBERG VARIATIONS / VARIATION 8 :



Variation 9 is a canon at the third, very harmonious, kind and peaceful.

Irina Lankova presents GOLDBERG VARIATIONS / VARIATION 9 :



Variation 10 is a four-voice fughetta (a small fugue) , with a four-bar subject. Fugues is the most complex contapuntal composition, and Bach was famous for not only writing but also improvising fugues up to 5 voices!
Irina Lankova presents GOLDBERG VARIATIONS / VARIATION 10 :


See you soon,
Irina

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Re: Goldberg Variations
Reply #9 on: April 26, 2020, 03:13:27 AM
Thank you very much for continuing to upload these, Ms. Lankova, they are very fine recordings, indeed!
And I'll never tire of listening to that four-part fughetta, one of my favorites without a doubt.
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