Diapason d’Or for Wanda Landowska on Naxos Historical
Naxos has won the important French critic’s award Diapason d’Or for the recording of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations performed by the legendary harpsichordist Wanda Landowska. The award-winning album is released on Naxos Historical and includes also Landowska’s interpretations of the Italian Concerto and Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue by Bach.
In the first half of the twentieth century Bach’s Goldberg Variations were rarely heard. In May 1933 Landowska gave her first performance of this work on the harpsichord. Six months later she recorded it in Paris for HMV, who issued it as a limited edition. This was the first ever recording of the Goldberg Variations and at the time of its release it was extremely influential as most people had never heard the work at all, and certainly not on a Pleyel harpsichord. Landowska’s recordings of Bach’s Italian Concerto and Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue were made between July 1935 and September 1936.