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1. The Goldberg Variations - Johann Sebastian Bach

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Recorded in Concert at the Moscow Conservatory, Russia, on October 26, 1991

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
remarkable Goldberg Variations from a Bach master 15 Nov. 2010
By jsa - Published on
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There's no doubt about Vladimir Feltsman's statement that "For some people this recording might come as a shock. There's no question that my interpretation is extremely unusual, and I am ready to take any blame or glory from it." What Feltsman does in his Goldberg Variations is to play all the repeats, which he says is "absolutely necessary" (Gould only played a repeat on every third variation), and in order to vary the repeats he changes registrations, varies the ornamentations and switches voices. Other pianists, he says, change the articulation and dynamics, "but for me, that somehow was not enough." The result is a Goldberg that has alot of unusual supplementation. Not that this approach isn't legitimate: Feltsman reminds us that he's "studied Bach for many years and played most of his clavier pieces. For some of them, the English Suites for example, he wrote two versions of the the same dance movement - particularly the Sarabandes. Version 2 was Version 1 with a lot of improvisation, additions, new ornaments and Baroque accessories. So he provided us with a literal example of how he wanted the same piece played the second time. I used that as my guideline."

I'm an admirer of Feltsman's Bach playing - his WTC and Partitas are superb - and admit I'm pre-disposed to give him the benefit of the doubt. His Goldberg additions are tasteful, and while some of the soprano transpositions do seem a little out of place, the whole thing has a cumulatively positive effect. Added to this is the lively and characterful nature of his playing, and the remarkable finish of his pianism - there's nothing dry or monochromatic here. That this recording captures Feltsman live at the Moscow Conservatory - 80 minutes of playing in one (presumably) unedited take - makes it even more remarkable. BTW, the recorded sound is good, you never hear a peep from the audience and the applause has been edited out.

Given all that, this Goldberg Variations would not be my first choice for those who are new to this cornerstone of the musical canon. Start somewhere else (Charles Rosen Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 / Charles Rosen), or maybe Schiff (Goldberg Variations), then come here. It's special.
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Extraordinarily delicate poetry and fantasy 12 July 2010
By Stephen Grabow - Published on
Having attended a live recital by Vladimir Feltsman, I was expecting his Bach to be a bit heavy on the piano; but this live performance of the Goldberg Variations from Moscow is extraordinarily delicate, poetic and full of fantasy. It seems like a once-in-a-lifetime kind of performance that sometimes happens at live events and has been outstandingly captured with great clarity on Nimbus. This is comparable in quality to my other recordings of the Golberg Variations by Tatiana Nikolayeva, Angela Hewitt and Rosalyn Tureck -- but now moves to the top of the list.
Idiosyncratic by some standards but goes directly into the top ... 27 Oct. 2014
By Noel Montrucchio - Published on
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Idiosyncratic by some standards but goes directly into the top 10 of the 80+ recordings by different performers in my collection.
Sound is great. Very satisfied 27 Jan. 2015
By MELRICHTER - Published on
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Feltsman has a special way with Bach. Sound is great. Very satisfied.
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