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4.4 out of 5 stars
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Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
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on November 4, 2017
How many recordings of this do I have? Many, many. This is my latest, purchased after attending a Schiff recital. On the plus side: Schiff is certainly capable of fireworks in the virtuoso variations, he maintains excellent rhythmic steadiness, has clear articulation (up there in Yu-Ja Wang territory), has a decent dance-lilt where needed, and plays with devotion that is sans syrup. On the negative side, all of his fast tempos are equally fast--no variation here at all--, could use still more dance-lilt, the mic-ing is, as another reviewer has mentioned, a little distant (I like my Bach keyboard recordings more closely mic-ed), and I was impressed more often than I was moved. He takes all repeats. Four stars from me.
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on July 11, 2013
I whole-heartedly recommend this recording to anyone who isn't so bogged down by early music dogma that they are unable to appreciate Schiff's nuance and musicality. The performance captured on this disc is live and in concert, so it isn't perfect, but that hardly matters because it only makes the experience of listening to it that much more real, more authentic (as opposed to some phony studio album with obvious splices and other fancy editing). At this point in my own musical career I am far more interested in hearing music that is engaging and personal, as opposed to that which is "perfect" or "historically informed," but also cold and sterile.

I also own Schiff's 1982 recording for Decca and love to compare the two in terms of tempos, articulations, dynamics, etc. There are differences, though I'm not sure which I prefer, which probably means that they both bring out unique aspects of the music and are worth spending time with.
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on September 9, 2015
Xlnt sound quality and performance. IMO much better than his earlier Decca recording.
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on January 29, 2014
Schiff plays the variations with elegance, exactly as Goldberg would have liked to hear them. If you are not so comfortable with the famous Gould interpretation and ashamed to admit it, go for this one. a shear pleasure.
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on March 16, 2014
Great recordings of the Goldberg Variations by Andras Schiff. I was inspired to purchase the CD after listening to Teri Gross's interview with the pianist.
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on March 26, 2015
Always a delight to hear Schiff interpret Bach
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on December 10, 2016
satisfactory
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on June 14, 2014
This recording (live) is much more moving that Schiff's earlier version on Decca. At least two professional players (one piano and one harpsichord) put this recording at the top of the list (after theirs, of course).
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on July 26, 2014
Great Recording! Very nice addition to my CD collection!
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on December 2, 2014
Very nice
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