J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Great Pianists of the Twentieth Century -- Rosalyn Tureck, vol 2

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Rosalyn Tureck
Soloists:Rosalyn Tureck
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations
French Overture (Partita)
Italian Concerto
Four Duets
BWV 988
BWV 831
BWV 971
BWV 802
BWV 803
BWV 804
BWV 805
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:456 979-2
Year Released/Recorded:1957
Total Playing Time:2 hr, 37 min
Comments:Peter Gutmann said:

BachÆs Goldberg Variations is a throwback to a culture light-years removed from our present age of constant and immediate gratification. The same could be said for this rarefied, magisterial performance. Glenn Gould and Wanda Landowska, arguably the primary Bach specialists of our century, took between 39 and 51 minutes in their recordings; Tureck allots 94! Only part of the difference arises from repeats; the rest lies in the deliberate unfolding of a multi-layered masterpiece whose marvels deserve and repay careful scrutiny. The wondrous result is that each variation serves not only as a brick in the overall structure and a stepping-stone toward the conclusion, but establishes its own identity and emerges as an experience unto itself. And when that breath-taking conclusion does arrive û an unadorned repeat of the simple wisp of a theme that began the piece and generated such a universe of creativity û it carries the added weight of an entire evening of development. This is unique and distinctive Bach playing, magnificent in its own right and a worthy complement to the legacies of Gould and Landowska.

[NOTE: I believe this is the same performance on a Decca LP for which you already have one review]

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Peter Gutmann
Date First Submitted:11/13/1999