Ragna Schirmer made her CD debut by presenting J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations in 2000, the 250th anniversary of Bach's death. The experts pricked up their ears, for the young pianist had performed the unexpected feat of interpreting in an accustomed but convincing manner a work whose reading seemed to have been established by Glenn Gould. She lovingly brings out the character of each variation and, fully in command, she takes the time she needs to do that. In that way she succeeds in carefully illuminating the polyphony and in bringing an unexpected emotionality to light. A diverse tableau of Baroque forms and idioms emerges until everything...
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