to First Aria:
" J. S. Bach Goldberg Variations "
consisting of an ARIA with diverse variations for harpsichord with two manuals.
Composed for connoisseurs, for the refreshment of their spirits,
by Johann Sebastian Bach, composer for the royal court of Poland and the Electoral court of Saxony, Kapellmeister and Director of Choral Music in Leipzig. Nuremberg, Balthasar Schmid, publisher."
This work was composed for a two-manual harpsichord.
Variations 8, 11, 13, 14, 17, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27 and 28 are specified in the score for two manuals,
while variations 5, 7 and 29 are specified as playable with either one or two.
With greater difficulty, the work can nevertheless be played on a single-manual harpsichord or piano.
Ito Ema: Steinway and Sons Model D, Full Concert Grand Piano
Serial #:114571, built in 1903.
This project was originally edited and assembled for
LP cutting and production and is therefore presented here in two parts:
Part A (corresponds to side A) 176.4 kHz: track 01/88.2 kHz: track 03
Part B (corresponds to side B). 176.4 kHz: track 02/88.2 kHz: track 04
Part A contains the opening Aria theme and the first 15 Variations
Variation 3 Canone all`Unisono
Variation 6 Canone alla Seconda
Variation 7 Al tempo di Giga
Variation 9 Canone alla Terza
Variation 10 Fughetta
Variation 12 Canone alla Quarta
Variation 15 Canone alla Quinta
Part B contains the last 15 Variations and the final Aria theme
Variation 16 Ouverture
Variation 18 Canone alla Sexta
Variation 21 Canone alla Settima
Variation 22 Alla bre
Variation 24 Canone all`Ottava
Variation 27 Canone alla Nona
Variation 30 Quodlibet
Analogue Recording, February 1994
The Harmony Hall, Matsumoto, Japan
Microphones: Brüel & Kjær 4006 (one pair)
Microphone amplifier custom built by Junichi Yonetani
Cables: Cardas 300-B Micro; from mikes to mike amp
Furukawa PC-OCC; from mike amp to recorder
Recorder: Studer A-820 with 1/2 inch tape head assembly
Magnetic Recording Tape: 3M 996
Tape Speed: 30 ips/76 cps
Monitored on QUAD ESL-63 pro loudspeakers and Stax Omega Earspeakers
Director: Takashi Sakurai
Piano Technician: Koki Mizushima
Analog tape editing: Yukio Kojima
The transfer from Master Tapes to modified Korg MR-2000S,
fitted with Creato Audio GoldClock 2.5
(www.creatoaudio.com; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
was facilitated by Maestro Len Horowitz at ?History of Recorded Sound?
(email: email@example.com) in Culver City, California.
Playback was via Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder.
Analog cables from Ampex ATR-102 to Korg MR2000S
were Crystal Cable Ultra (3 meter pair)
custom fitted with Switchcraft Connectors at the Crystal Cable factory. (www.crystalcable.com)
Produced and Engineered by Todd Garfinkle
This DVD-ROM contains 24 bit/176.4 kHz PCM files
transferred directly from the master tapes, without format conversion.
24 bit/88.2 kHz PCM files, down sampled from the 176.4 kHz files
have been provided for those not yet able to enjoy the higher resolution 176.4 kHz sources.