J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Sergey Schepkin
Individual Works:Complete Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Ongaku
Catalog Number:024-107
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Total Playing Time:71:53
Comments:Jon Brooder said:

Having just recomended the Kempff "Goldberg," I would now like to submit its opposite. Schepkin makes ample use of ornamentation, which, along with a wonderful command of the keyboard, offers a unique and satisfying new interpertation of this great work. This recording, along with his two recordings of the Partitas adds a wonderful new view of these works.

Freddie Sng said:

Schepkin is an exciting Bach pianist to look out for. An admirer of Glenn Gould, Schepkin's premier recording also happens to be the Goldberg Variations. Generally, speeds are on the fast side and observing all repeats. But the repeats do not bore the listeners. Instead they open up an opportunity for the pianist to play the same text differently, like an octave higher or simply a change of dynamics. Schepkin's touch is strong, powerful yet exhilarating, a hallmark of most Russian pianists. His notes are clean, precise and articulate with minimal pedalling. Variation 28 stands apart from other recordings. It is masterly played and it almost sounded like millions of birds chirping away. Interesting! Coupled with an impressive recording sound, this CD is worth acquiring.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Jon Brooder
  • Freddie Sng
Date First Submitted:12/28/1997