J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Ralph Kirkpatrick
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Fantasia in C minor, BWV 906
Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971
Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 904
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog Number:469 673-2
Year Released/Recorded:1959 1960 1961
Total Playing Time:68:24
Comments:Jonathan Gress-Wright said:

Having been accustomed to Gould's interpretation of this masterpiece, my breath was literally taken away when I finally heard how the Variations "should" be played. Kirkpatrick plays these no-holds-barred, making full use of the instrument and ultimately producing an almost orchestral effect. I wouldn't presume to make an educated comparison with other harpsichord or piano recordings; all I can say is that everyone must have the chance to hear this one.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Jonathan Gress-Wright
Date First Submitted:12/24/2000