J.S. Bach
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Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Maggie Cole
Instrumentation:Harpsichord
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Virgin
Catalog Number:7243 5 61153 2 3
Year Released/Recorded:1991
Total Playing Time:78:29
Comments:KBH:
Clear, realistic sound with brilliant digital recording. Cole plays with feeling and panache, adding unexpected and pleasing embellishments. Plays a harpsichord by Andrew Garlick 1988 after J. C. Goujon 1749. Excellent value at mid price.

EUGENE P. said:

THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HARPSICORD VERSIONS IF NOT THE FAVORITE (HAVE NOT HEARD ROUSSET OR PINNOCK). AS COMMENTED PREVIOUSLY, THE SOUND OF THE RECORDING AND THE HARPSICORD ARE OUTSTANDING.
IMPRESSED BY MAGGIE COLE'S INTENSITY AND RHYTHMIC RIGOR, REVEALING THE ORGANIC BEAUTY OF BACH'S STRUCTURE, THOUGH SOME OF THE SLOW VARIATIONS COULD BE MORE LYRICAL. I THINK SHE PLAYS VARIATIONS 5 AND 27 AS WELL AS ANYONE.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Guilherme Furtado Filho
  • Koh Boon Heng
  • EUGENE P.
Date First Submitted:12/31/1995
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