J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Luc Beausejour
Individual Works:Aria
Variatio 1 a 1 clav.
Variatio 2 a 1 clav.
Variatio 3 Canone all'unisono
Variatio 4 a 1 clav.
Variatio 5 a 1 ovvoro 2 clav.
Variatio 6 Canone alla Seconda
Variatio 7 a 1 ovvoro 2 clav.
Variatio 8 a 2 clav.
Variatio 9 Canone alla Terza a 1 clav.
Variatio 10 Fughetta a 1 clav.
Variatio 11 a 2 clav.
Variatio 12 Canone alla Quarta
Variatio 13 a 2 clav.
Variatio 14 a 2 clav.
Variatio 15 Canone a la Quinta in moto contrario
Variatio 16 Ouverture a 1 clav.
Variatio 17 a 2 clav.
Variatio 18 Canone alla Sesta a 1 clav.
Variatio 19 a 1 clav.
Variatio 20 a 2 clav.
Variatio 21 Canone alla Settima
Variatio 22 Alla breve a 1 clav.
Variatio 23 a 2 clav.
Variatio 24 Canone all'Ottava a 1 clav.
Variatio 25 a 2 clav.
Variatio 26 a 2 clav.
Variatio 27 Canone alla None
Variatio 28 a 2 clav.
Variatio 29 a ovvoro 2 clav.
Variatio 30 Quodlibet a 1 clav.
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Analekta
Catalog Number:FL 2 3132
Comments:Jack Botelho said:

At first I was thrilled with this recent recording of the Goldberg Variations by Canadian harpsichordist Luc Beausejour but I have since grown tired of it due to it's overly obsessive virtuosity. Luc puts everything he has into this recording but it's almost too much: I've heard this otherwise fine harpsichordist play the Goldberg Variations on a live CBC broadcast and it was more 'natural', personal, and approachable. Scott Ross' now reissued recording of this work on Virgin Veritas 5 61869 2 is full of subtle nuances that Luc lacks, and Ross avoids the heavy handed approach of the Trevor Pinnock recording on the Archiv label.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Jack Botelho
Date First Submitted:08/24/2002