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Fanfare Magazine: 39:3 (11-22/2016) 
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Reviewer: Jerry Dubins

Lars Vogt’s Goldberg Variations waited 17 years for a recording, but I believe those who hear it will feel, as I do, that it was worth the wait. This is a real beauty of a performance. Playing on a modern piano, Vogt nonetheless abstains from use of the sustaining pedal as much as possible, resists adding his own embellishments on top of Bach’s, and refrains from the types of tempo fluctuations, rubato, ritards, and other Romanticized gestures that have marred some recent performances.

Vogt’s respectful—I’m almost inclined to say reverential—approach has produced a Goldberg Variations of exceptional purity surrounded by an aura of profound spirituality. This is really quite a special reading of the work—radiant, blissful, even beatific in the slow variations, and filled with exuberance and sheer joy for the contrapuntal play in the fast-paced variations.

No booklet was supplied with this particular download, so I don’t know where the recording was made, but wherever it was, the acoustic conditions were ideal and the engineers captured Vogt’s piano with pristine clarity and transparency.

This is not just another performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on piano; it’s one which, in my opinion, takes its place among modern classic accounts by Angela Hewitt, András Schiff, and Andrea Bacchetti. A very beautiful, very compelling, and very strongly recommended release.

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