Having heard Perahia at similarly close quarters, I know exactly what you mean.
I suspect the piece is capable of working its magic in such circumstances via all sorts of performances, in a way that is different from listening through speakers.
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9
I have known the ever-present and justly praised Gould from LP days. More recently I decided to get a more modern non hum-along version and went for Hewitt on Hyperion (described above as "sterile") which I bought based on numerous positive reviews which suggested that it was anything but sterile. It has provided me with many hours of rewarding listening.
For a more thrilling ride, I would recommend Andrei Gavrilov on DG, available at a bargain price and not mentioned anywhere above:
My harpsichord version is the 1978 Gustav Leonhardt version on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
If you want a thrilling ride, how about Alexis Weissenberg? And for a safe (but imaginative) pair of hands, I really like Perahia.
Vinteuil perfectly summed up my reactions to Hewitt... There's an intriguing blog entry by Damian Thompson on Gavrilov's and Hewett's Goldbergs - Battle of the Goldbergs: 'smug' Hewitt vs 'butterfingers' Gavrilov.
I have the Perahia , 1981 Gould and the BBC Music Magazine Freddy Kempf recordings . Enough for me with Rousset on the harpsichord as well .
Must get the Perahia version. Heard very good reports about it?
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life(Berthold Auerbach)
Harpsichord-wise, I like the recent Staier; I've also got the first Hantai one (late 90s: vivacious), and the classic 78 Leonhardt (magisterial, but probably a bit low on sparkle).