J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Bob van Asperen
Instrumentation:Harpsichord
Individual Works:Aria mit verschiedenen Veraenderungen (Goldberg Variations, Clavieruebung IV),
BWV 988
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:EMI
Catalog Number:CDC 7 54209 2
Year Released/Recorded:1990
Total Playing Time:79:30
Comments:A finely-played recording which takes virtually *all* repeats. Van Asperen's "authentic" style can get a trifle mannered at times, but for the most part he plays with sensitivity and grace. Special notice is given in the CD's liner notes of the instrument played by van Asperen, a 1719 two-manualed harpsichord by Michael Mietke of Berlin, who crafted a harpsichord for Bach while he lived in Coethen. Also, the performance uses a "revised version" of BWV 988 based on Bach's handwritten corrections to the first printed edition. Thus this disk will probably appeal strongly to fans of "authenticity."
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Thomas Hubeart
Date First Submitted:12/02/1996