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Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Price: £14.63

23 of 95 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Easy-listening for the blue-rinse set, 3 Jan. 2004
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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Bach: English Suites
Bach: English Suites
Price: £21.25

24 of 109 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A travesty, 27 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Bach: English Suites (Audio CD)
The success of Ms Hewitt is one of the biggest travesties on the current music "scene", only outdone by Schif in this department, and a sign of the decline of literacy, cultural detail and the sense of past in our crowded times. Her liner notes are an accurate reflection of the fairly primitive level on which her mind functions - but a delight I am sure to middle-England and the sadly under-educated journalistic mainstream who congratulates themselves as being "intellectual" for appreciating something so essentially dull and mechanical. The great Bach does not need Ms Hewitt's advocacy but is nevertheless done a grave injustic by the commercial success that hyperion continues to facilitate, pushing out, with its relatively successful advertising, some really creative playing onto the margins of the public consciousness. When the music wants opulence, or monumentality, Ms Hewitt sounds stiff, harsh, wooden; where the music cries out for a searching tenderness Ms Hewitt provides gloss; where brilliance would be appropriate she substitutes a studied, digitised, metronomic motor. The elusive aspects of expression and vituosity are safly avoided - only the ignorant would believe she "lets the music speak for itself". Please retire now Ms Hewitt and don't take up the space that an artist deserves in the public perception.
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