J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Kenneth Gilbert
Instrumentation:Harpsichord
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations, Aria with 30 variations
BWV 988
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Harmonia Mundi France
Catalog Number:HMC 901240
Year Released/Recorded:1986
Total Playing Time:66'49"
Comments:David Earls:

Tempo similar to Gould 2 (piano). Recorded on the same instrument Gilbert used for WTC. Emphasizes the "art of the dance" equally with the "art of the canon". Judicious selection of repeats keeps the piece moving and gives it proportion.

Miquel de Quadras:

Kenneth Gilbert doesn't only "plays" it, I think he rather feels it, or, at least, makes me feel "in" the variations as no other performer (except, perhaps, Gustav Leonhardt) can do.

Jan Hanford said:

One of the liveliest interpretations on harpsichord I've heard. Gilbert's harpsichord sound is resonant, as usual. Although I prefer a drier sound, his playing makes this cd highly recommended.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • David Earls
  • Miquel de Quadras
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:08/22/1997