Pavel Kolesnikov’s Goldberg Variations — The Cross-Eyed Pianist

November 14, 2020

What is it about this music which gives Goldberg Variations their enduring appeal? Two new recordings have been released in as many months, by two leading pianists of the 21st-century, yet quite different in their approach. Maybe it is because Bach gives few performance directions, a lack of specificity which allows performers the freedom to make highly personal choices about the interpretative possibilities of this music. This is certainly true of these recordings.

Pavel Kolesnikov’s Goldberg Variations — The Cross-Eyed Pianist