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James Harrington
American Record Guide, November 2019

Parfenov’s own New Goldberg Variations have already been performed as a ballet. The strength of this work is, appropriately, variation. The variety here speaks to Parfenov’s abilities as a composer who is clearly in touch with all idioms from 18th Century counterpoint to Chopin, Ravel, and Hindemith, and to the jazzy style of Dave Brubeck the piano improvisations of Keith Emerson.

I have to give this a very high recommendation. It is well recorded and a very good, consistently interesting Goldberg Variations with a substantial new set of variations on the theme we all revere. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Charles T. Downey
Ionarts, July 2019

André Parfenov, born in Kaliningrad in 1972, is in the line of composer-pianists that includes Lera Auerbach, among others. The Russian-born composer resettled in Germany, where he has been working at the Theater in Mönchengladbach/Krefeld, including a collaboration creating original ballet scores for the choreographies of Robert North. This new recording combines his performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations with his own New Goldberg Variations, a set of reactions to the famous Bach work.

The “Quodlibet” is quite striking in this regard, with the popular song fragments popping out of the texture in unexpected ways… © 2019 Ionarts Read complete review





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