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Goldberg Variations BWV 988

Helga Ingólfsdóttir (Harpsichord)

Helga Ingólfsdóttir’s Goldberg Variations

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J.S. Bach: Goldbergtibrigðin · Goldberg Variations BWV 988

Goldberg Variations BWV 988

Helga Ingólfsdóttir (Harpsichord)

AC Classics

Aug 1999

CD / TT: 77:14

Recorded at Skálholt Church, Iceland
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Donald Satz wrote (May 16, 2001):
Not long ago I reviewed a few recordings of Bach's Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord; one of those versions was on AC Classics with Helga Ingolfsdottir partnering Jaap Schroder. About the same time, AC Classics released Ingolfsdottir's recording of the Goldberg Variations.

I finally obtained the disc and just wanted listmembers to know that after a couple of listenings I'm very impressed with her performances.That doesn't surprise me after hearing her opening Aria; in addition to giving a luxurious reading the harpsichord sound is about the best I've heard in recent times. Please don't take this as any kind of review; I will be including this fine new version in my round-up review project which I'll start in a few weeks.

Not to be one-sided, here are a few comments from the review in Fanfare Magazine: "often heavy-handed aggressive sounding performances on a closely recorded harpsichord - a surprisingly sluggish rendering of the initial Aria". Sometimes I wonder if we're listening to the same performance. At any rate, I do urge Bach lovers to investigate this AC Classics disc; it sounds like a keeper to me.

 

Feedback to the Review

Donald Satz wrote (May 18, 2001):
Donald Satz wrote:
< Not long ago I reviewed a few recordings of Bach's Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord; one of those versions was on AC Classics with Helga Ingolfsdottir partnering Jaap Schroder. About the same time, AC Classics released Ingolfsdottir's recording of the Goldberg Variations.
I finally obtained the disc and just wanted listmembers to know that after a couple of listenings I'm very impressed with her performances. >
I happened to be playing the recently offered Perahia piano recording of the Goldberg Variations while my wife was in the room. While under no illusions of having converted her to greater interest in classical music in general or J.S. Bach in particular, I was pleased to discover that she was taking notice. She asked me who the composer was, when he lived, and whether he was a happy man. I gave her his name, his dates, and told her that he had twenty children, several of whom became noted composers in their own right.

 

Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Details
Recordings:
Until 1950 | 1951-1960 | 1961-1970 | 1971-1980 | 1981-1990 | 1991-2000 | From 2001
General Discussions:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Quodlibet in GV | GV for Strings
Discussions of Individual Recordings:
GV - Barenboim | GV - P.J. Belder | GV - E. Dershavina | GV - Egarr | GV - Feltsman | GV - C. Frisch | GV - Gould | GV - Hantaï | GV - R. Holloway | GV - J. Jando | GV - Jarrett | GV - Leonhardt | GV - V. Makin | GV - A. Newman | GV - S. Ross | GV Schiff | GV - R. Schirmer | GV - H. Small | GV - G. Sultan | GV - G. Toth | GV - Tureck | GV - Vartolo | GV - Verlet
Review: Goldberg Variations on Piano:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
Review: Round-Up of Goldberg Variations Recordings:
Recordings | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7
Reviews of Individual Recordings:
GV - Cole | GV - Crossland | GV - Dershavina | GV - Egarr [Lehman] | GV - Egarr [Satz] | GV - Egarr [Bright] | GV- Hantai | GV - Hantaï (2nd) | GV - Haugsand | GV - Hewitt | GV - Holloway | GV- Ingolfsdottir | GV - Jando | GV - Leonhardt | GV- Lifschitz | GV - Newman | GV - Nikolayeva 3rd | GV- Payne | GV - Schepkin, Yudina & Serkin | GV - Schiff [ECM] | GV- Small | GV - Suzuki | GV - Toth | GV - Trich | GV - Tureck (Satz) | GV - Tureck (Lehman) | GV- Verlet | GV - Vieru | GV - Vinikour | GV - Weissenberg | GV - Zhu
Article:
The Quodlibet as Represented in Bach’s Final Goldberg Variation BWV 988/30 [by Thomas Braatz]

Helga Ingólfsdóttir: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works
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Helga Ingolfsdottir’s Goldberg Variations

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