J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Helga Ingólfsdóttir
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:AC Classics
Catalog Number:SMC 2 AC 99074
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Total Playing Time:77:14
Comments:Patrick Vanhoucke said:

If you liked the performance of Trevor Pinnock (1980, Archiv Produktion 415 130-2), you certainly should try this recording of the Icelandic musician Helga Ingólfsdóttir.

Bach told us "that the most important thing for a performer to keep in mind is 'eine kantable Art im Spielen zu erlangen' or to sing through the instrument. To 'sing on an instrument' is the expression originally used in Iceland for the act of playing." (booklet, p. 7) And singing on an instrument is indeed the thing that Helga Ingólfsdóttir does.

Patrick Vanhoucke 06.viii.2001

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Patrick Vanhoucke
Date First Submitted:08/10/2001