Opus 111 has repackaged several items from its Bach holdings to celebrate the composer's 250th deathday in 2000. One is the brilliant harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï's 1993 recording of the Goldberg Variations. Taking all the repeats (including the ones in the Aria de capo most players avoid), Hantaï rivets your attention by way of impeccable pacing, purposeful ornamentation, subtle registrations, and a brain in every finger. His wide palettes of articulations enhance the distinction and character of Bach's canonic movements, as well as providing color and contrast. What's more, Hantaï's agogic adjustments always bear elements of surprise as they quietly propel the musical argumentRead more forward and up. The crucial 25th Variation is briskly unsentimental here, yet the aria-like right hand lines truly breathe. The engineering is clear and resonant but not too closely miked or unrealistically loud. An absolutely first-class release, worth its weight in Goldbergs.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Reviewing earlier release of this recording.Read less
Works on This Recording
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988by Johann Sebastian Bach Performer:
Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany Date of Recording: 06/1992 Venue: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands Length: 77 Minutes 26 Secs.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variatio 1. a 1 Clav.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variatio 2. a 1 Clav.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variatio 25. a 2 Clav.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variatio 26. a 2 Clav.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variatio 27. Canone alla Nona. a 2 Clav.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variatio 28. a 2 Clav.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variatio 29. a 1 o vero 2 Clav.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variatio 30. Quodlibet. a 1 Clav.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria da capo
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Excellent!October 12, 2013By Sebastiao Lacerda (RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ)See All My Reviews"I am sorry that I have just found out it is the same recording of 1992. I thought it was something like Glenn Gould with a harpsichord. But my opinion remains. It may be the best of all harpsichord recordings. I have not heard Scott Ross' and don't even know if there is one, but this is the real thing."Report Abuse