Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is an exceptional Goldberg Variations. It is played with repeats by Jory Vinikour on a beautiful-sounding harpsichord built in 1998 by Kevin Fryer after a 1624 model by Ioannes Rucker. (Handel owned one of the originals!) The varieties of tone available to the player of this instrument are impressive, and always appealingly smooth and rich and detailed. There is nothing tinny or harsh here. Few harpsichord recordings sound this good.
More importantly, perhaps, Vinikour's is a joyously spirited performance. After a playing of the aria with only a few of those stuttering pauses that harpsichordist use to suggest emotion, he bursts in on the first variation, which he plays with wholly convincing vigor and yet with an
especially attractive tone. Vinikour's graceful lyricism, his light-fingered speed, as in the lightly dancing fifth variation, and his occasional nobility, as in the elegant 16th variation, reveal a musician who is tasteful as well as nimble, and idiomatic as well as scholarly. Glenn Gould makes the seventh variation virtually tragic; Vinikour reveals its peasant robustness. This distinguished Goldberg Variations proves that, even if Bach is never precisely funny, he can be good-humored.
- Michael Ullman,
Fanfare, Issue 25:3 (Jan/Feb 2002)
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Works on This Recording
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Jory Vinikour (Harpsichord)
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany
Date of Recording: 10/2000
Venue: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA
Length: 85 Minutes 39 Secs.
Notes: Composition written: Nuremberg, Germany (1741 - 1742).
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