J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Samuel Bartos
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, 903
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Connoisseur Society
Catalog Number:CD4176
Total Playing Time:66:44
A truthful and modest account of the Goldberg Variations is presented by American pianist Samuel Bartos. The voicing is crystal clear and his cross-handed work in some movements are flawless. His playing is not ostentatious. In fact, the beauty of this recording lies in its simplicity and humility. Unfortunately the timbre of the instrument is rather faint which robs away the richness that this piece so rightly deserves. No repeats is observed but the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue is an added bonus in this CD.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Freddie Sng
Date First Submitted:05/13/1997