For me, I like Mozart played with some tension, and I don't hear enough of that when Arrau plays these variations. It's relentlessly sunny until the minor key variation, and then relentlessly sunny again until the cantabile variation (which he plays very nicely.) I don't hear "shades of sunshine" like you do. Neither do I hear responsiveness -- it's not helped by the fact that on my records there's a brief but noticable pause between each variation.
One I prefer (though this isn't a piece of music I love) is Ranki -- try it Charles, let me know what you think:
You have to put a suffix .flac onto the filename. That dodges mediafire's police.
Ranki is more tense, faster and formally more satisfying -- he doesn't slow down for the minor key variation at all, and it acts like a sort of turn in the music. There's a stronger sense of the variations responding to each other. There's a real sweep which I don't hear in Arrau.
I quite like Gould too when he plays this music -- why shouldn't comedy be part of what Mozart was about here?
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