Nearly Good as Gould

Perahia's 'Goldberg Variations'

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations (1741) has rightly entered the domain of musical myth. By all evidence Bach believed that music was essential to display and understand the majesty of God’s creation. Music was of ethical and even cosmological importance for him. The Bach expert John Butt states, in Bernard Sherman’s Inside Early Music (Oxford University Press, 1997), that Bach "sees music as being part of a mechanical process...

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