The Open Goldberg Variations, by Kimiko Ishizaka

by on August 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm in Music | Permalink

Download it here, for free, superb listening, first-rate performance.  You can follow it with a free score as well.  It received three excellent reviews in Fanfare as well.

achorripsis August 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Thanks for the pointer. Its nice to be able to have a 24bit recording of this masterpiece.

ThreeCheersforBach August 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Bach on a Mobius strip (crab canon, a palindrome structure): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUHQ2ybTejU

zbicyclist August 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Similarly free are the complete organ works of Bach, “recorded by Dr. James Kibbie from 2007 to 2009 on original baroque organs in Germany.” Kibbie is at the University of Michigan.

http://www.blockmrecords.org/bach/download.htm

For those who believe this is perhaps just too much Bach, the chestnuts are here:

http://www.blockmrecords.org/bach/familiar.htm

Robert August 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm

And bravo for recording on a Bösendorfer!

As a Bösendorfer artist myself, it’s good to see an appreciation for truly well made pianos, instead of the baked plywood that Steinway uses.

If course, they cost more, but it’s worth it.

dearieme August 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Thanks to messrs Cowen and zbi.

prasad August 29, 2012 at 9:38 am

For those who didn’t look her up, here’s the first line from wikipedia:
“Kimiko Douglass-Ishizaka (born 4 December 1976) is a German-Japanese pianist, olympic weightlifter[1] and former powerlifter.”

That’s awesomeness itself.

YSBG August 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

I think she uses the pedal too much. People should not try to record the Goldbergs after Glenn Gould…

Robert Douglass September 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Just wanted to say that Kimiko Ishizaka is doing her first ever North America tour this month, playing the Well Tempered Clavier Vol. 1. Shows are in Ann Arbor (Sept. 16), New York (Sept. 20), and Rockport, MA (Sept. 22). Details here: http://www.opengoldbergvariations.org/concerts

Enjoy Bach!

Robert Douglass

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