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HASH(0x91d353a8) out of 5 stars HIPster Wars - News from the Bach Front - Communiqué 99 14 April 2015
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on
Robert Fulghum said, "(Not without reason), Sirius is the brightest star in the heavens . . . . My grandfather would say we're part of something incredibly wonderful - more marvelous than what we can imagine (and) we ought to go out and look at it once in a while so we don't lose our place in it."

This is equally true of BWV 988. Not-for-nothing does this music dwell among us, Emmanuel-like, as cosmic as a Bruckner symphony, more impenetrable than P versus NP and yet more consolatory than a rose. Time destroys all things but somehow or other, the Goldberg Variations are exempt from ephemerality. Sovereign in the eternal `is', they pre-existed before Bach who merely gave them utterance. They encompass Alpha and Omega and everything in between. As we listen to them, we glimpse the clockwork of the cosmos and the love that created the stars and other suns.

To quote Cat Stevens, herein you can hitch a ride on the cosmic train. It's frustratingly short on tracks and long on wisdom. It's an overwhelmingly cathartic experience. I'm no great fan of the harpsichord but Gilbert nullifies my predispositions by sheer artistry.

We'll leave it at that. Enter the oceanic.
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HASH(0x922aac3c) out of 5 stars Bach how it's meant to be played 24 Feb. 2010
By Matthew Schwarz - Published on
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I had a recording of this on piano, and could never get into it. I decided to give it a try on the appropriate instrument, and found this recording. Suddenly, I loved this work! I found myself listening to it over and over. A wonderful recording of a major work of classical music - if you like harpsichord or Bach, I recommend it.
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