JS Bach: Goldberg Variations

Notes & Reviews:

The Independent
That compulsion [Tourette's Syndrome] actually plays to the needs of a concert pianist, where precision is paramount, and Van Bloss employs it here to mesmerising effect...What makes Bloss's Goldberg Variations even more remarkable is that until a month before the session, he had never played the piece.

The Observer
The fluidity of line, the unforced lyricism - not always thought an allowable word with Bach, but just listen to this - and the clarity of structure and counterpoint make you sit up. In a crowded market, and in any circumstance, this is a rewarding Goldberg.

The Daily Telegraph
The fast variations are a joy, bringing the intricate part work to life without that over-finicky precision that sometimes mars this piece. Bloss's occasional beefing-up of the bass line will annoy some, but I found its joie de vivre irresistible.

Gramophone Magazine
Van Bloss goes his own way and beckons your attention in the process...[He is] fond of unexpected accents that further underline the jazzy "swing" that characterises his healthy internal rhythmic clock...Even considering that the catalogue is jam-packed wth recommendable piano verions of the Goldberg Variations, Nick van Bloss's stimulating traversal more than merely holds its own.

BBC Music Magazine
This recording of the Goldbergs is individual, interesting, never routine...He repeats the first half of each variation, and less than half of the second halves, which adds a pleasing spontaneity to his account.



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