J.S. Bach
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Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Christiane Jaccottet
Instrumentation:Harpsichord
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Four Duets, BWV 802, BWV 803, BWV 804, BWV 805
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Pilz
Catalog Number:160 127
Year Released/Recorded:1991
Total Playing Time:55:03
Comments:Elliot Gardner said:

A good recording of the Goldberg Variations and the Four Duets; very crisp and clear interpretation.

Jan Hanford said:

The 1999 death of Christianne Jaccottet was a real loss the world music and of Bach. Her performances are consistently excellent; I buy everything I can find recorded by her. This performance of the Goldberg Variations and Four Duets is no exception. Without the repeats, the Goldberg Variations shrinks in length but also moves along with more energy. I enjoyed it.

Lovely interpretation, intelligent tempos, beautifully recorded sound: highly recommended.

Gene Herron said:

I bought this CD on a lark a long time ago. It's one of my favorite Goldberg recordings. Very articulate, precise but still warm. Ms. Jacottete was a pioneer in Early music recording. This recording and the Goldbergs, like Ms. Jaccottete, now belong to the ages.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Elliot Gardner
  • Gene Herron
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:03/08/1997
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