1st recording of Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Pierre Hantaï.
Recorded at Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands; the harpsichord is a 1985 model after Michael Mietke, Berlin 1702-1704 –pleasant, soft-toned.
Jan Hanford said:
"This is an exceptionally lovely interpretation of the Goldbergs. The harpsichord sound is like a music box, sweet and clear. His tempos are intelligent and his ornaments are frequent (particularly in the aria) but nicely articulated. I enjoyed this recording very much and highly recommend it."
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