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5.0 out of 5 stars Most beautiful interpretation, 23 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Bach: Goldberg Variations (Audio CD)
I first came across the name of Ekaterina Dershavina in my old copy of "Penguin Guide to CDs and DVDs" issued five or six years ago. Her recording of the work was one of the top recommendations, together with those by some well-known pianists and harpsichordists.

This Russian pianist is unknown to the international concert circuit. After winning a piano competition in Germany in the early 1990s, she has been focusing on teaching at The Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow. (This is the school where Egveny Kissin studied.)

When I finally bought her CD recently, I was bowled over by her clean articulation, lack of mannerisms and overall beauty of her interpretation. Her performance is fresh. Every phrase is moulded most beautifully and tempi are well judged. Unlike some musicians who have a personalized style of their own in order to make a point, her style is "objective".

This is a rather intimate performance as if the work is played in a private home rather than at a concert hall. Isn't it how it should be performed if the legend - though generally discredited - about the commissioning of the work is to be believed? I now consider the recording as my most favourite version.

In summary, this CD is well worth acquiring - at any price. The digital recording is truthful. The current, low price may make people think it's of low artistic quality. Don't be misled by it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More lovely music!, 18 July 2013
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I sent off for this CD because the reveiws were so good and I'm not disappointed at all. The music is great, I love it - who wouldn't! The price was very good so a bargain all in all.
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