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2.0 out of 5 stars MacGolderg from Joanna, 19 May 2010
This review is from: Bach: Goldberg Variations (Audio CD)
Joanna McGregor's new recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations has a rather hard piano tone in the middle and treble registers coupled with a strange muffled resonance in the bass. This, together with Ms McGregor's generally over-emphatic style, makes for an unpleasant sonic experience. She contributes a brief note on the music which doesn't add much to one's understanding of this marvellous work. Miss McGregor inclines to the' idiosyncratic to no good end' school and in this together with her recording sound and notes she compares very unfavourably with Glenn Gould in both his original and remake recordings. Her approach is encapsulated in the (usually) sublime Variation 25 where plodding and unvarying forte masquerades as profound insight. Her last and, to my ears, most unbearable idiosyncrasy is to start the reprise of the aria through a pointless sustaining haze. I can find no reason to recommend this recording over countless others and certainly not Gould. If you must have a new recording try Dinnerstein on Telarc for performance and recording.
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