|Review by Jan Hanford:|
I don't actually own this recording, I own the original 1988 EMI release of just the Goldberg Variations which is now out-of-print. I am excited to see that this wonderful recording has now been re-issued, this time on Virgin and at a budget price. I am not familiar with the Frescobaldi but can't imagine it is anything but exquisite.
Scott Ross has always been a favorite of mine. His recording of the complete Scarlatti sonatas is an important masterpiece; it's truly remarkable.
This performance of the Goldberg Variations is my favorite on harpsichord, followed closely by Trevor Pinnock's (another out-of-print treasure). They are both remarkable harpsichordists, but I prefer the sound the (unidentified) harpsichord on the Ross recording.
I enjoy his straightforward approach to playing the music, rather than under/over-interpretting or adding superfluous ornamentation. His tempos are brisk without seeming rushed. It's recorded very close, so the sound is intimate and reveals every detail.
The legacy of a great harpsichordist, who sadly died too young.