J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Andrei Gavrilov
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog Number:435 436-2 GH
Year Released/Recorded:1993
Total Playing Time:74:18
Comments:Sam Lee said:

I think that Andrei plays this with much feeling but not over indulging. This is the most interesting and lively recording I have ever heard

Freddie Sng said:

4D Audio recording is a new concept in sound recording from DG. It promises to enhance clarity and realism in its recording. It is most fortunate that DG has released Bach's Goldberg Variations in 4D digital
sound, played by the Russian pianist Andrei Gavrilov. His rendition of Bach is most energetic and vivacious, exciting playing from the begining to the end. His notes are articulated and the ornamentations are executed with ease and clarity. Like Schiff, he retains the flavour of the instrument and observes all repeats. This recording is fresh, vivid and rhythmically alert. A recommended piano version.

Bart Vanden Berghe said:

As a pianist this recording of the Goldberg variations has been the most influencing piano work (and recording) in my life. It's to me the most intense performance without being too romantic. Everybody should have this recording !

Lars Hinnum said:

Andrei Gavrilov gives an eminently red-blooded performances of theese variations. Only original instrument fanatics need look elsewhere. The recorded sound is very good indeed.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Ulf Stegemann
  • Sam Lee
  • Freddie Sng
  • Bart Vanden Berghe
  • Lars Hinnum
Date First Submitted:12/16/1995