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Bach: Goldberg Variations
Johann Sebastian Bach, Rosalyn Tureck
Bach: Goldberg Variations
Genre: Classical
 
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Rosalyn Tureck's Goldbergs are brilliant but curious. Her phrasing is sometimes artificial, studied, and pedantic. Yet she can spin out the minor key variations with a liquid legato and noble flexibility that harkens back ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Johann Sebastian Bach, Rosalyn Tureck
Title: Bach: Goldberg Variations
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Video Artists Int'l
Original Release Date: 1/1/1993
Re-Release Date: 1/31/1995
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Baroque (c.1600-1750), Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 089948102922

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Rosalyn Tureck's Goldbergs are brilliant but curious. Her phrasing is sometimes artificial, studied, and pedantic. Yet she can spin out the minor key variations with a liquid legato and noble flexibility that harkens back to the great Romantic players. Tureck has a brain in every finger, though, and a singular temperament that compels you to listen. This live 1982 recording is a case in point. --Jed Distler

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The best Goldberg, without a doubt
05/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Like several of the previous reviewers, I have collected numerous versions of the Goldberg Variation (including three of the Tureck performances), this being my favorite piece of music in the universe. To my mind, this live performance recorded in the 80's is without a doubt, the best ever Goldberg. Like all other Tureck performances, there is extraordinary authority, integrity, and a sense of inevitability. Unlike some of her earlier and later versions, there is also is this version tremendous spontaneity and naturalness, and most of all, a sense of profound joy. The supposedly popular recordings (e.g., by Gould or Perahia) are simply not in the same league."
This is not one of the best, but the very best performance.
07/31/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"She deserves the highest praise for her interpretation, character, as well as her perfection in the combination of sonority and touch that is almost divine."
Essential
08/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A gift for melodic expression and an unerring sense of rhythm make Tureck's the most satisfying of currently available Goldbergs. Not as intellectually pioneering as either of the Gould sets, this is nonetheless the most overtly beautiful of all, calling to mind Schiff at his most expressive.

Very strong competition from all the other famous sets, but this one has a little more heart and song. In any case, to reasonably appreciate any one set, comparison is essential and one needs 3 or 4 of the great versions - at least. The lucky ones will include this among them."