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Idiosyncratic to good purpose,
This review is from: Bach: Goldberg Variations (Audio CD)
I've just (15 minutes ago) returned from hearing Joanna MacGregor play Goldberg live at The Jacqueline Du Pre Music Building in Oxford, and here I am on Amazon to order the recording. Will it work as well on disc? It's certainly idiosyncratic, but, pace the previous reviewer, it works when experienced in the concert hall - not even but especially the sustaining haze through which the reprise of the theme quietly emerges. Not for everyone, and it isn't going to oust Gould, but I wouldn't want to be without it. After the concert MacGregor described the work as "terrifying", and that's how she makes it sound; not a comfortable experience but one that forces you to think.
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2011 10:40:53 BDT
Mr. J. J. Bald says:
I'm quite amazed that what I found peaceful and satisfying should be described as "terrifying". But maybe Ms Macgregor meant the difficulty of learning to play it.
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