J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Tatiana Nikolayeva
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Hyperion
Catalog Number:CDA66589
Year Released/Recorded:22 23 January 1992
Total Playing Time:79'38
Related Web Site:http://www2.hyperion-records.co.uk/artist_page.asp?name=nikolayeva
Comments:Kim Dong-wook said:

It's sound quality is very clear and touch sensitive. this recording is her 4th recording (70,79,87's and this 92's records) I didn't hear any other records of nikolayeva and I don't know if this recording is "the best recording ever made". But I think that this recording is one of the best record in my goldberg collection.

Adrian H. said:

Of all the piano 'Goldberg' recordings I have heard, Nikolayeva still draws me home everytime! I guess it's the simplicity of the interpretation [no what-was-that!?!? artistic expressions (not that it's bad)] that most magnificently bring out the grandeur of the work, personally anyway.

The studio recording is pretty standard, no harsh acoustic twangs!

But best of all, when played softly enough, Bach and Nikolayeva provide the loveliest backdrop for a lazy afternoon nap..

Happy listening!

Jan Hanford said:

Tatiana Nikolayeva was an astonishing pianist and her interpretations of Bach are universally fabulous. She takes some of these variations slower than is typical, allowing room for her expressive technique to infuse the music with profound emotion. Not many pianists can get away with this. She does. What depth this woman's playing has; what an amazing person she must be been!

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Kim Dong-wook
  • Adrian H.
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:03/08/1998