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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, January 2016

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.

…A very beautiful, very compelling, and very strongly recommended release. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Stephen Plaistow
Gramophone, December 2015

A distinguished addition to the discography of piano versions of the Goldberg Variations. Their glorious elegance is everywhere manifest and Lars Vogt makes us celebrate the work as an extraordinary monument… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, October 2015

This is a very tasteful, well played…account of the Goldberg Variations. Pianist Lars Vogt offers a performance that is almost beyond cavil in its sense of shaping and structure, in its contrapuntal vitality and its technical flawlessness.

The sound reproduction on this Ondine CD is clear and well balanced, and the interview with Vogt printed in the album booklet offers some interesting insights on Bach’s music. © 2015 Classical Net Read complete review




Alain Steffen
Pizzicato, October 2015

A very personal yet interesting account of the Goldberg Variations. Lars Vogt plays in a rather retained manner, preferring a deeper intensity to a more extrovert and dancing music. © 2015 Pizzicato




Stephen Plaistow
Gramophone, October 2015

…Lars Vogt uses the sustaining pedal hardly at all, and his ability to make polyphony clear and cantabile with the fingers alone is a model of how this should be. Bach insisted on it to his pupils and it’s often terribly hard to do, but marvellous when you can.

I like the studio recording, which has an ideal blend of clarity and warmth, and conveys the air of something live and properly ambitious. Lars Vogt is an artist with much to communicate, and this is a distinguished addition to the discography of the Goldberg Variations in all their glorious elegance. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Alex Baran
The WholeNote, September 2015

Lars Vogt brings an overall light touch to his performance and a highly disciplined tempo free of overly expressive rubato and dynamics. Instead he concentrates on pulling forward the contrapuntal material with satisfying clarity. His Goldberg Variations is masterfully constructed with clear intent and informed by a rhythmic conviction that never wavers. © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review




C. Michael Bailey
All About Jazz, September 2015

…moderately paced and played freshly so that the notes almost shimmer as a reflection in water. © 2015 All About Jazz Read complete review




James Manheim
AllMusic.com, September 2015

…Vogt’s treatment is straightforward, with nothing brought so far to the fore that it would interfere with the considerable contrapuntal detail that emerges naturally from the individual variations. With excellent engineering from Ondine…this is a highly recommended tonic to grandiose Goldberg Variations played on whatever instruments. © 2015 Allmusic.com Read complete review



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, September 2015

German pianist Lars Vogt really surpasses himself in as outstanding a performance as I’ve ever heard of J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Not only does he bring his immense technical prowess into play, cleanly articulating even the busiest and most richly ornamented passages without the slightest slur or omission, but he has a keen awareness of the emotional element that underlies these variations. In his account of the Goldbergs we have a perfect balance of technique, intellect, and emotion. That is precisely what this work calls for. © 2015 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review




Fiona Maddocks
The Guardian, August 2015

…Vogt uses very little pedal and keeps ornaments clean and graceful. The simplicity, wit and honesty of his approach makes this a wonderful addition to the catalogue by a versatile musician. © 2015 The Guardian Read complete review



Infodad.com, August 2015

…well-paced, sensitive performance. © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review





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