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Bach J.s: Goldberg Variations Bwv 988, Italian Concerto Bwv 971

Notes & Reviews:

An attractive coupling of two of J.S.Bach's greatest harpsichord works, offering the Goldberg Variations and the Italian Concerto. This is the first of two recordings made within five years by Trevor Pinnock for Deutsche Grammophon and has never been on CD before.

The Gramophone - Lionel Salter
This performance causes me to wonder whether Forkel, in his much-quoted report, got hold of the wrong end of the stick and that the Goldberg Variations were used by Count Kayserling not as an antidote for his insomnia but so as to have something worth staying awake for. Pinnock's reading is certainly the liveliest there has been of this great work [...] this recording - which on CD captures every sound (musical and otherwise) of the Ruckers instrument with the utmost fidelity - is pure pleasure.


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