Written to entertain a certain, Count Keyserlingk, in his waking hours, Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’ is a tour de force of keyboard writing and this represents one of its greatest recordings. Also on the programme are two popular ‘Fantasies’ plus the jolly ‘Italian Concerto’.
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971
Fantasia in C minor, BWV 906
Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 904
Ralph Kirkpatrick, harpsichord