This recording feels more like an exploration than a recital. That is a good thing; just another accurate performance of the Goldberg Variations is really not a contribution. This interpretation is interesting rather than idiosyncratic. I looked for similarities with Nikolayeva's recordings, and found some; but this is Propper's own property. He plays so well, one regrets that he takes repeats only occasionally, rather than invariably. With study, perhaps one could discern the meaning of his choices for elimating repeats, but in the meantime, it is almost necessary to listen to the recording twice in a row to feel replete with the beauty this monumental music always offers. Adding this to an already generous collection of BWV 988 is fully justified.