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His poise and clarity are superb, and the
display of well controlled fleet dexterity impressive
[listen -- track 15, 0:00-0:58].
Schiff's ability to separate the
contrapuntal lines and yet enjoy the introduction of those
jolly folksongs ('It's so long I haven't been with you' and
'Cabbages and turnips have driven me away') adds so much to
the warmth of this recording
[listen -- track 31, 0:00-0:54].
There are other pianists whose Goldberg performances present
different delights -- Angela Hewitt and Murray Perahia for
instance, or back to 1955 for Glenn Gould, or, among the most
recent, the Brazilian Jean Louis Steuerman. Schiff's latest
stands proudly alongside them and, for gentle humour and
unassuming virtuosity, would certainly win me to the pleasures
of one of Bach's most endearing keyboard works.
Copyright © 15 February 2004
Patric Standford, Wakefield UK
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J S Bach: Goldberg Variations - András Schiff
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J S Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988