J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Scott Ross
Individual Works:Disc 1:

Goldberg Variations BWV 988

Disc 2:

Keyboard music of Girolamo Frescobaldi

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Virgin Veritas
Catalog Number:61869
Year Released/Recorded:Recorded: 1988
This release: 2001
Total Playing Time:2cd's
total: 2 hours 27 minutes
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

Performance: outstanding
Recording: excellent

I don't actually own this recording, I own the original 1988 EMI release of just the Goldberg Variations which is now out-of-print. I am excited to see that this wonderful recording has now been re-issued, this time on Virgin and at a budget price. I am not familiar with the Frescobaldi but can't imagine it is anything but exquisite.

Scott Ross has always been a favorite of mine. His recording of the complete Scarlatti sonatas is an important masterpiece; it's truly remarkable.

This performance of the Goldberg Variations is my favorite on harpsichord, followed closely by Trevor Pinnock's (another out-of-print treasure). They are both remarkable harpsichordists, but I prefer the sound the (unidentified) harpsichord on the Ross recording.

I enjoy his straightforward approach to playing the music, rather than under/over-interpretting or adding superfluous ornamentation. His tempos are brisk without seeming rushed. It's recorded very close, so the sound is intimate and reveals every detail.

The legacy of a great harpsichordist, who sadly died too young.

Date First Submitted:08/18/2001