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Bradley Lehman
American Record Guide, July 2016

Erich Traxler…gives an interpretation that is mostly hard-edged and on the exciting side, instead of going for restfulness. He keeps the listener guessing whether the next variation will be faster or slower. He takes all the repeats, but without changing registration or doing much ornamentation. He brings out contrasts through different rhythmic inflections at very small levels in phrases. The easier the notes are to play, the more he bends things in unexpected places, perhaps trying to make something extra-special of the music. …this approach does keep things interesting, and the repeats don’t sound like mechanical repetitions of Bach’s ideas. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Myron Silberstein
Fanfare, July 2016

Erich Traxler’s interpretation of the Goldberg Variations demonstrates subtlety, technical prowess, and understanding of Bach style. Traxler’s fingerwork is almost uniformly even. He shapes melodic lines with a judicious use of rubato that allows phrases to stretch while seeming to remain solidly in tempo. He ornaments on repeated sections, but not to such a degree of ornateness as to disguise the original material. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

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