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Probably the best yet...
on 15 March 2011
I've always admired Schiff's Bach playing. It's fun, confident, and refined at the the same time. In comparison to Hewitt's light, mechanical playing Schiff keeps you engaged through-out. This recording is finer than his earlier more famous version, with the exception of the first prelude (His first is almost too beautiful!)
Like most people I first fell in love with the Golberg's via the hands of Gould, and to be fair everone who loves classical music should have that recording, but it is what it is... and by that I mean it is a young man making a big statement rather than being true to what I think Bach intended(It is a practice peice, but playing it a fast as possible.. would Bach have approved?).
I've heard most of the recordings available of the beloved Goldbergs, but Schiff's ECM recording in my humble opinion is the most whole. It's not perfect by any means, but as good as.