J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Chen Pi-hsien
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Naxos
Catalog Number:8.550078
Year Released/Recorded:1985
Total Playing Time:55:07
Comments:Freddie Sng said:

Taiwanese pianist Chen Pi-hsien plays the Goldberg Variations thoughtfully, and ornamentations are skilfully executed. Sadly, Chen does not see this piece as a cohesive whole but seems to perform it movements by movements. The digital sound by Naxos is good and at budget price, this CD is worth acquiring.

Jan Hanford said:

A frantic, overwrought performance that lacks all feeling and subtlety. His impressive technique pounds out the variations, one after the other, but there is no emotion, no expression, nothing musical. I've heard more appealing midi files.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Freddie Sng
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:11/28/1996