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Bertil van Boer
Fanfare, March 2017

Schornsheim’s playing is clear, though one would have wished for a more forthright set of tempos in the early portions of both variation sets. I do like particularly her choice of registration, and the instrument itself has a nicely silvery tone. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Bradley Lehman
American Record Guide, January 2017

Christine Schornsheim has recorded the Goldberg Variations twice: 1994 and 2016, both for Capriccio. This remake was at the invitation of harpsichord builder Christopher Kern, to show off his new Mietke copy. Both performances are outstanding, with different merits.

The biggest difference between the two albums is the inclusion of a second composition in the new one. It’s La Capricciosa by Buxtehude, giving us 30 variations in 25 minutes. …Schornsheim’s approach to this piece is boisterous and exciting, like Rinaldo Alessandrini’s. She rushes the tempo in a few places where she is adding ornaments. I wasn’t in the market for another recording of this piece, but her way is attractive. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Jens F. Laurson
Forbes.com, November 2016

The kicker here is just not the phenomenal-sounding instrument (a Christoph Kern copy of a German 1710 Mietke harpsichord), which blooms fully without being boomy, nor even the propulsive and tempered, superb Bach, but actually the Buxtehude-apéritif in form of the 32-partite Capricciosa, in many ways the model of the Goldberg Variations.

…the Goldberg Variations shine, with a wealth of different textures, interesting ornamentation, variable but never hell-bent speeds. © 2016 Forbes.com Read complete review



Jed Distler
Gramophone, November 2016

The harpsichordist’s Christine Schornsheim’s 2016 recording attests to her stylish musicianship and effortlessly ambidextrous technique. …one easily perceives her interpretative evolution: tempo relationships are more assiduous and unified, abetted by a new-found simplicity of expression and refinement of execution, especially in the legato department. …Schornsheim prefaces the Goldbergs with a marvellous performance of Buxtehude’s La Capricciosa, a set of 32 variations in G major that is nothing if not a Goldbergs prototype. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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