I have always liked the Kenneth Gilbert version - once on Harmonia Mundi but I fear no longer available?
I'm astonished that Barenboim hasn't recorded them. His Bach can be v refreshing.
yes, I did enjoy Kenneth G's performance. Am I right, however, in thinking that he skips repeats - which has made his version less 'acceptable' nowadays? - he certainly comes in at ten minutes 'shorter' than Christophe Rousset!
Originally Posted by MickyD
Am I dreaming or did Alfred Brendel play them at least once in concert in London?
He certainly didn't record them, sadly
In response to the request for room service, I've added abbreviations to the list of recordings to clarify the instrument being used in each recording.
Ah, my old friend Kirkpatrick! He is superb in many ways, notably in the Ouverture, and in the variations building up to, and including, the 'quodlibet'. Just a shame he did not do any repeats and persuaded himself a strange lute-like stop for the left hand was a good idea in Var 25.
Originally Posted by robk
What an amazing number of recordings there are available! It's heartening the work has become so popular. When I bought the Kirkpatrick LP there was hardly anything else on the market.
The Goldberg's are a great favorite of mine. To that end I have:
Gould x 2
Pinnock on Harpsichord
I have always wanted a Tureck recording but to date have not purchased. So I am anxiously waiting for next Saturday.
I definitely prefer harpsichord, and Pinnock is right at the top. There are others though, such as Hantai and Rousset. I have a version by the Swiss harpsichordist Christiane Jaccottet, which is still available - though perhaps not distributed in this country. It's OK - I thought I'd mention it for completeness. I didn't know much about her. http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Jac...Christiane.htm
On piano I have several by Gould, including the amazing computerised reconstruction using a modern piano, which is surprisingly good. I like them all.
Looks as though Charles Rosen's version might not be available - it's very good. It is still available in the USA.
Perahia is one pianist who does make a lot of Bach work on a piano. Another is Barenboim, who as noted has not AFAIK recorded the Goldbergs. For a modern piano version Perahia is very good.
I tried Catrin Finch's harp version. It's pleasant, but I think interest wanes after a few playings.
The Amati string versions are fairly plain, and not terribly interesting, not unpleasant though.
i suspect the accordion versions are fun - but I can't remember the details., though I've heard some.
Gavrilov is very good. Tureck did versions on both harpsichord and piano. Unfortunately I missed the chance to get the set which had two versions by her. Of course there's also Landowska.