J.S. BACH: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

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Released 23 July 2021

Alexandra Papastefanou piano

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750)
1-32 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Aria with 30 Variations)

Recording venue: Megaron, Dimitri Mitropoulos Hall, Athens, 12 and 21 May 2020
Produced by Alexandra Papastefanou
Engineered by Nikos Espialidis
Mastered by John Croft (Chiaro Audio)
1CD DigiFile

Press Quotes

“From the outset, Alexandra Papastefanou takes a nuanced view, both poised and elegant… Papastefanou’s ornamentation is considered throughout and she maintains a strong sense of structure in each variation while respecting their individual place in the work as a whole… her well recorded performance is certainly recommendable” (PERFORMANCE **** RECORDING **** BBC Music Magazine)

“Papastefanou’s Goldbergs radiate qualities of sheer joy and innate musicality that are better experienced than described. A captivating album.” (Gramophone)

“There is a sense of spontaneity throughout, not coming out of recklessness, but out of intimate familiarity with the music… An enjoyable Goldberg Variations” (The Classic Review)