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LPA68146 - Bach: Goldberg Variations - Vinyl Edition

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Goldberg Variations - Vinyl Edition

Angela Hewitt (piano)
2LPs To be issued soon Available Friday 13 September 2024
Label: Hyperion
Recording details: Various dates
Various recording venues
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: 13 September 2024
Total duration: 110 minutes 8 seconds

Angela Hewitt has chosen this album from her glorious Bach discography as the first to be available on vinyl. Recorded in 2015, this is a ‘Goldberg’ to savour and here as a bonus Side 4 includes a magnificent suite of dances by Rameau.

This recording is also available on CD or as a download—please » Click here for details..


‘The pianist's enviable polyphonic acumen and dance-orientated conception continue to operate at full capacity, albeit on a deeper and subtler level, as comparative listening reveals’ (Gramophone)

‘Sixteen year on, the fingers are as formidably on the ball as ever—capable of the most tender translucency, of staccato leaps that 'ping', and able to differentiate and characterise several voices simultaneously with jaw-dropping felicity’ (BBC Music Magazine)» More

‘More than any contemporary player, she manages to suggest the harpsichord’s plucking mechanism with her brilliant articulation—the trills of Variation 16!’ (The Sunday Times)

‘This will be a winner for [Angela Hewitt's] fan club’ (Pianist)» More

‘The earlier version is indeed magnificent; it is only when one encounters this most recent reading that one realises things could indeed be taken further. There is no loss of that characteristic excellence of textural clarity, but there is a deepening, evident right from the statement of the Theme, which is more inward-looking and given more space. This sense of depth maps onto a heightened sense of tranquillity’ (International Piano)» More

‘I have to admit to being a fan of Angela Hewitt’s, and as with her recording of 'The Art of Fugue' this humble reviewer’s 'Goldberg Variations' went on a wish list straight away and is not a review copy. You would hardly expect me to be critical, but there is always a chance one might leave oneself open to disappointment. In this case, my inner smile has been set to ‘warm glow’ since Christmas’ (MusicWeb International)» More

‘Hewitt’s Bach-playing has always been a fine balancing between Baroque style, a strong affinity with dance and a restrained romantic sensibility, and on this 2015 recording there are quite a few instances where she deploys weight and emotionalism, as though she is emphasising the music’s universality’ (Classical Source)» More

«L'oreille, aimantée par la qualité de timbres et de phrasés, ne perd jamais le cap dans le labyrinthe. Au beau Steinway de 1999 succède un Fazioli exceptionnel. L'aigu est particulièrement clair, un peu piquant, le médium-grave très concentré, et pourtant l'ensemble gagne une profondeur splendide par la finesse de l'harmonisation et le foisonnement des résonances» (Diapason, France)» More

„Auch bei ihrem zweiten Anlauf vermag Angela Hewitt zu überzeugen. Allerdings fällt ihre Interpretation sehr individuell aus, so dass sie die Goldberg-Liebhaber sicher in zwei Lager spalten wird … Spieltechnisch ist Hewitt auf allerhöchstem Niveau“ (Pizzicato, Luxembourg)

„Jede Interpretation der Goldberg-Variationen, jeder Pianistin ist eine aktuell sichtbare historische Insel“ (Klassik.com, Germany)» More

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