Goldberg Variations: Aria

After a longer ride today (55 kilometres), I was feeling a bit lazy and tired, and it seemed like a good time to listen to a little Johann Sebastian Bach. One piece I heard was from the Goldberg Variations, BW 988: Aria, played by American classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein on J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, released in 2007. (By the way, I think I will make Sundays a classical day for a while and will see how that goes.)

This piece is the last of the Variations, and a delightful one interpreted masterfully by Dinnerstein; it’s a joy to listen to. 

The Variations record launched her career, achieving considerable success in sales and on “Best of” lists; the album is also known for outselling The White Stripes on Amazon.com, though I’m not sure how many classical musicians look to that type of achievement as a barometer of success. After purchasing this album, I went on to buy her collection, The Berlin Concert. I recommend both very highly.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio for the song from the Simone Dinnerstein (topic) YouTube channel

And here is Dinnerstein’s performance of the Aria in 2013. (I cued up the start of the piece but if the custom link doesn’t advance it there for you in your player, listen to the whole recital or jump to 1:25:33.)

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