J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Konstantin Lifschitz
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations
BWV 988
Record Label:Denon
Catalog Number:CO-78961
Year Released/Recorded:1994
Total Playing Time:79:01
Comments:Konstantin Lifschitz makes his debut recording of this technically demanding piece when he was only 17 years old. But he show that age is not a barrier at all in music-making. His performance is dominated by vividness, clarity and forcefulness. Interlocking passages are masterly executed in var.5 and var.20, producing the most splendid and astonishing results. Like Gould, his sheer keyboard wizardry is able to sweep listeners off their feet. This rendition of the Goldbergs shows his deep love for the music of Bach. Though only 17, his music has already reached the stage of maturity. Brilliantly played and stunningly recorded. Bachians will await his future releases with much anticipation.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Freddie Sng
Date First Submitted:08/14/1996