J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Dmitry Sitkovetsky
Accompaniment/Orchestra:New European Strings Chamber Orchestra
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations , BWV 988
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Nonesuch
Catalog Number:79341-2
Year Released/Recorded:1993
Total Playing Time:59:57
Comments:W. John MacMullen said:

"...it comes as a great surprise and pleasure to discover that, despite their keyboard origins, the variations turn out to be quite well suited for string instruments, and that such a recasting sheds new light on the music by drawing out expressive elements that previously could only be hinted at when played on a harpsichord or even a modern piano." - from the liner notes by John Adams

Jan Hanford said:

Well said. I agree this recording is unique and truly enhances the Variations.

Mike Flemmer said:

This is an astonishing performance of incredible virtuosity performed by some of the world's greatest string musicians. The audio is incredible. The transcription is a note for note transfer from keyboard to strings with all repeats. No one who loves the GV's should miss this! I've never heard a string orchestra this brilliant before. I didn't know this level of brilliance was even possible! You will hear the same music you've always heard, but in this string orchestration, you will hear it all in a wonderful new way. My only wish is that the variations were recorded together on one long track, instead of separate tracks. But still, not to be missed!

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • W. John MacMullen
  • Mike Flemmer
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:10/16/1995