Bruce, I never said Bacchetti is the only alternative to Gould. I started this thread by saying that I like Bacchetti's recording, and J. chimed in and said he preferred Gould. That's all.
If you have anything else to suggest, go ahead. Judging by the admittedly limited selection at Amazon MP3, I notice that there's a version of #13 by Schiff
that is somewhat similar to Gould's (judging by the sample), then there's one by Wolfgang Rubsam
(never heard of him before) that's somewhat similar to Bacchetti's, although Rubsam plays other inventions very, very differently from Bacchetti.
I also like Serkin's recording
, again judging by the sample, although the dynamics are a little muted for my taste. Koroliov
has done a nice version, almost as fast as Gould but with lots of musical understanding.
So of course there are lot of good Bach performances out there, and by heaping a little praise on Baccetti I did not mean to imply that his CD is the best recording, because there is no such thing as "best" where personal taste is involved. Although I must say I cannot understand how someone could admire Gould for anything beyond pure technique.