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Lars Vogt conquers Bach's Goldberg Variations

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LARS VOGT

Bach: Goldberg Variations

Ondine

ODE 1273-2

5 stars

There are roughly three ways to present the Goldbergs: copy Glenn Gould, do the opposite of Gould or to come up with a totally new vision, where one neither copies nor fights with the Canadian legend, which Lars Vogt’s approach here. He is the thinking man’s Bach player: where Schiff will point out every appearance of the melody, Vogt is confidence that an attentive listener can hear through the harmonies and find the hidden gems. Each variation flows naturally into the next, and in doing so, the pulse of the music remains stable without ever being rigid. Vogt tells a story with a calm and beautiful piano tone, not least in the faster sections, where there are no hint of brittle machine-gun style. In short, this is undoubtedly the version to have if you want something other than Gould.

 

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