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Hannes Minnaar

Goldberg Variations

  • Type SACD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917285925
  • Catalog number CC 72859
  • Release date 24 September 2021
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About the album

We at Challenge are proud to present a new account of Goldberg Variations by critically acclaimed young pianist Hannes Minnaar.
His rendition of Goldbergs sums up all the features of a ‘contemporary’ interpretation at the highest degree:
- Transparent, detailed, and crystal-clear phrasing: each and all notes are discernible.
- A supreme – but not artificial nor mannered – control and care of tone and sound: touch, colour and timbre are all fruit of a clearly deep insight and work.
- A smooth flow of the discourse: a solid overall concept of the work structure and a plain, simple (never emphasized) ‘singing’ of the melodic line. (Even when he takes a very slow tempo – as in the famous Variation no. 25, about 30% slower than usual – he always sustains the melody, that means it is not the tempo that makes the melody living, but the capacity to make it flow, to ‘connect’ sounds and silences).
- These Goldbergs are not told as a narrative: it is not a dramatic tale, but the architectural structure is well visible. It is not a story, it is a three-dimensional visual art work.  
- Northern Star gave Minnaar the sound that perfectly matches his concept of the work. The rest is made by the unique Chris Maene piano.
A ‘Goldberg’ for the 21st Century.

Isabelle van Keulen en Hannes Minnaar in concert: Beethoven Sonata cycle!


image All the Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin performed by Isabelle van Keulen and Hannes Minnaar in a three concert cycle this season in the Haarlem Philharmonie! Thursday November 5th the first concert in the series! In this first concert of the cycle the Sonatas for Violin and Piano nos. 1,5 & 7 will be played Thusrday November 5: 20.15 hours in the Philharmonie (Kleine Zaal) in Haarlem. The next concerts in this ...

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