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Discussion: Bach: Goldberg Variations - Schliessmann

Posts: 7

Post by Fugue February 7, 2012 (1 of 7)
This recording certainly provokes strong opinions! It might not be the "be all end all" interpretation, but I enjoy it. Overall, I find far preferable to Murry Perahia's--certainly sonically, and interpretively, too. Here are two diametrically opposed reviews from MusicWebInternational:

(Pro) http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2008/May08/Bach_Goldberg_br100326.htm

(Con) http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2008/Apr08/Bach_Goldberg_br100326.htm

By the way, my used mint copy cost $5.35 from an Amazon seller, so it was quite a deal, too!

Post by Hitters February 7, 2012 (2 of 7)
This is my recording of choice for that program, besides, of course, of Glenn Gould (Sony) and Andras Schiff (ECM):

http://www.marecordings.com/main/product_info.php?products_id=160&osCsid=7a8ea548b91e4dcca7073f9668eab9f6

You may find more polished performances, but this is simply beautiful! The sound of the Bosendorfer piano (recorded by Todd Garfinkle) is also unique.

Post by deckerm February 7, 2012 (3 of 7)
I still can't forgive him for the horrible Chopin release. Have you heard that recording and if so, does he prove to be a better Bach interpreter than he does Chopin?

Post by Fugue February 7, 2012 (4 of 7)
deckerm said:

I still can't forgive him for the horrible Chopin release. Have you heard that recording and if so, does he prove to be a better Bach interpreter than he does Chopin?

That recording, too, deeply divided critics, so he must be doing something right! I do think he's a better Bach player...the Chopin is a bit underplayed at times. He does use some rubato, so if that's not your thing, then move along! :-)

Post by canonical February 7, 2012 (5 of 7)
Goldberg's are very topical for me, as I have been playing the 4-part Quodlibet on the piano ... rather more tricky than it looks.

Gould's second recording of the Goldbergs remains my favourite ... best at bringing at counterpoint, and kudos for not using pedal. I very much like Perahia's Goldberg too on SACD ... lyrical and melodic ... almost the opposite to Gould.

I had a listen to each of the 32 tracks on JPC of Schliessmann ... based on the 32 samples, I thought the performance was uneven ... both rhythmically and otherwise ... disturbingly so, in my view. Like the one review listed above, I find listening to it depressing. Doesn't come close to Gould or Perahia, or anywhere inbetween, in my view. I wouldn't say it was a great deal at $5, or any price.

Post by Fugue February 8, 2012 (6 of 7)
canonical said:

Goldberg's are very topical for me, as I have been playing the 4-part Quodlibet on the piano ... rather more tricky than it looks.

Gould's second recording of the Goldbergs remains my favourite ... best at bringing at counterpoint, and kudos for not using pedal. I very much like Perahia's Goldberg too on SACD ... lyrical and melodic ... almost the opposite to Gould.

I had a listen to each of the 32 tracks on JPC of Schliessmann ... based on the 32 samples, I thought the performance was uneven ... both rhythmically and otherwise ... disturbingly so, in my view. Like the one review listed above, I find listening to it depressing. Doesn't come close to Gould or Perahia, or anywhere inbetween, in my view. I wouldn't say it was a great deal at $5, or any price.

I was going to dismiss it based on those samples, too. But then I read a few good reviews and decided to give it a shot. His playing sounds much more lively on the actual discs...Amazon must compress the daylights out of the audio tracks. No, it's not my first choice, but I find it interesting. If all performances were the same, then only one person would need to record each piece!

Post by Gussy February 8, 2012 (7 of 7)
Arnaldo said:

For those looking for options, there's a new Goldberg SACD on the map. The good folks at Avanti have just released Bach: Goldberg Variations - Alexander Gurning. And going by their track record, they seem to have a gift for discovering and showcasing talented new pianists, usually with great sonics.

+1

I´ve got this disc and though I´m no musicologist I can say it´s a well-played, lovely recording - well worth the asking price. I´m glad it´s in my collection!

Gussy

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