J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Ragna Schirmer
Individual Works:Goldberg-Variationen BWV 988
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Berlin Classics
Catalog Number:0017162BC
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Total Playing Time:86.70
Comments:Gary Glenn said:

Schirmer, who was twice been a prize winner at the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition, turns in what is to date the longest Goldberg. I found this version a revelation of structure. She plays without fussiness, very full-bodied and straight-ahead; this is not an introspective interpretation, but a formal declaration. (After listening to Schirmer's version several times I went back to Gould's 1955 version and felt as if I'd suddenly entered a speed freak's nightmare.) Although my favorite version of the Goldberg currently is Angela Hewitt's, I find Schirmer's recording increasingly compelling. It is two CDs, and expensive.

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