J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations features Bach's popular masterpiece for keyboard, plus Sarabanda con Partite and Aria Variata, performed by Matthew Halls, one of the brightest talents of the UK early music scene.
International Record Review
'I am sure it will be getting a lot of play time at my place.'Audiophile Audition
'Halls reveals...needle-sharp precision, stylistic awareness and suitably restrained flamboyance.' The Scotsman
'...the most convincing and most moving I've ever heard.' Dallas Morning News
Matthew Halls has
rapidly established himself as a greatly sought-after keyboard player. His
energetic and elegant performances are critically acclaimed: 'his inventive and ebullient playing is a
delight' (Daily Telegraph). He has gained the reputation as an exciting and
innovative keyboard player and conductor through his work with several esteemed
ensembles including Retrospect Ensemble for whom he is Artistic Director.
Goldberg Variations is Matthew Halls' debut solo release on Linn and
the second in the much-anticipated Retrospect series. The Goldberg Variations
is a work that continues to astound and fascinate both musicians and listeners
alike. Considered to be one of the most important examples of the variation
form, the artistry and technique the Goldberg Variations demand is met with
virtuosic skill and innate musical understanding by Halls.
Goldberg Variations presents, in addition to the Goldbergs, two earlier works: Sarabande con Partite and Aria Variata. Halls comments: 'I had always wanted to record the Goldbergs alongside two other great
variation sets that I enjoy playing in order to show Bach's extraordinary
ability to vary a theme seemingly ad infinitum. The other two works are earlier
and therefore show the extent to which Bach had become the true master of this
composition technique by the time he came to compose the Goldbergs.'
booklet notes offer the reader a unique insight into the performer's
perspective discussing each variation and the demands of performing them.
View the booklet in full here.