The Open Goldberg Variations by pianist Kimiko Ishizaka, recorded in the Teldex Studio, Berlin, on a Boesendorfer 290 Imperial, is the result of a fan-funded project to create a public domain, copyright free edition. "She has the fleet fingers to speed through the virtuoso variations with compelling clarity and the sensitivity to probe the dramatic potential of the slower, more profound numbers, pleasurably aided by her consistently lovely tone." Robert Schulslaper, Fanfare Magazine
"... there is always a feeling of spontaneity and life in her performances; if anything, one feels that the pianist sees many of these variations almost like Baroque dance movements ..." "Variation 9, the canon at the third, and Variation 13 are both lovely examples of her style with its dips in dynamcs, subtle rubato, and slight ornamentation on the repeats, aspects that work in her performance because they all feel very natural." Scott Noriega, Fanfare Magazine "Most importantly, the playing is excellent. Taken together with its no-cost availability and its reliance on a new freely available score, the Open Goldberg is now the obvious first stop for anyone approaching the Goldberg Variations for the first time." "The sound quality of the recording is top notch. In fact, the album's an audiophile gem." Christopher Lim in The Business Times.
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