J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Keith Jarrett
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:ECM
Catalog Number:number: ECM 1395
Total Playing Time:61:39
The best version ever. Don't think to "jazzist" Keith Jarrett. He follows perfectly the original Bach edition.

Keith Jarrett plays a Tatsuo Takahashi 1988 that sounds realistic and vivid. His plays the Goldbergs with a slower tempo, but improvisations can be heard throughout the piece. For a slow approach of the Goldbergs, this is the version to get. The sound is quite impressive, but I wouldn't say this is the best version.

This is a peculiar version where the tempo is too slow for the instrument, which gives an impression of "amateurism" in the interpretation. Only for Keith Jarrett fans, and to hear preferably as a first audition of this Variations, otherwise, the disappointment is guaranteed.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Francesco M. Sacerdoti
  • Freddie Sng
  • Fernando Peral
Date First Submitted:10/02/1995