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1.0 out of 5 stars Easy-listening for the blue-rinse set, 3 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Audio CD)
And the blue-rinse set include the current journalistic powers-that-be - the lovey-doveys of Gramophone and IRR and BBC Mag. Absolutely agree with naughtyboy13. Truly a sign of the times. This over-ormanented, under-virtuosic, unchallenging, background music version is only good as muzak while you browse the shops for better recordings. Schiff's approach has always been a cosmetic one, and he has never really got under the skin of Bach. There's nothing troubled or suffering or immense or intensive about anything he does - this sleep-walking that poses as "letting the music speak for itself" has to stop before we kill of the whole art of re-creating and re-living great music. It may be too late already, and if so Schiff's success is one of the things greatly to blame - along with the equally insincere and soulless and posey (even though different) younger artists like Hewitt and Piotr Anderzewski. Beware beware...
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Initial post: 29 Nov 2009 09:47:01 GMT
Geoff says:
Why don't you try and make some focused criticism and then recommend some recordings you prefer to make your point. That would be a lot more helpful than the ravings we have here.

Posted on 4 Dec 2009 09:15:47 GMT
jornfin says:
Under-virtuosic? That term alone disqualifies you as a critic of Baroque music. Read up on Bach and the purpose he thought his music served. This was not intended to be virtuosic, but meaningful.

Posted on 31 Mar 2010 08:59:14 BDT
Refflam says:
A fatuous "review". Why go to the trouble to write this ill-informed garbage?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2011 23:03:39 BDT
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Posted on 4 Feb 2012 20:06:41 GMT
D. E. Potts says:
You talk about cosmetics and getting under the skin of Bach.. This is where I imagine you lose most serious appreciaters of Bach. There is nothing to get under the skin of! These are beautifully crafted practice peices and it is up to the interpreter how they are reproduced. Gould, in his youth interpreded them, well... youthfully to me. He showed how fast or slow he could play them to get away from the metronome. That was great and he really should have been in a circus! Schiff's approach is as cosmetic as any other inerpreter that we have the pleasure to listen to. I would like to know who you think does get under Bach's skin? Is it possible??
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