Oh, so many h8ers! What is the world coming to?
This is the second thread on the same recording in as many months. I wouldn't place my bets on how many more we will get here in Pianist Corner before New Year's Day 2022, as more people discover the delights of Lang Lang's Goldberg, and the £$€ rake in for this magnificent pianist.........
Hmmm, we seem to be fighting a proxy war here, so I might as well join in. (Never could resist frays myself
From the previous thread in Pianist Corner on the same subject (which you obviously haven't read), here are the reviews from the UK's classical CD review magazines:
"Hearing Murray Perahia, András Schiff or Angela Hewitt in Bach's Goldberg is akin to absorbing a substantial literary work. Lang Lang, however, offers the musical equivalent of a cinematic epic directed by Robert Altman or Steven Spielberg.......His Goldbergs are vividly detailed, markedly diverse in mood and expression, meticulously thought out in terms of style yet highly subjective, and brilliantly yet not brainlessly virtuoso.
The Aria alone indicates what to expect via the pianist's expansive legato lines, chiaroscuro balances and lavish ornaments on the repeats.
....the consistency of his interpretative vision and his ability to carry it out with conviction and authenticity add up to an entertaining and fulfilling listening experience." - Jed Distler
BBC Music Magazine:
"I was impressed by the immaculate playing, and by the fact that Lang Lang wears his heart on his sleeve throughout: this is in extreme contrast to András Schiff's celebrated 2003 recording, in terms of both emotion (with Schiff, even the Black Pearl variation emerges notably dry) and in tempo. Lang Lang's Black Pearl seems to make the world stand still, but there's nothing mawkish about it.
......Such is the integrity of Lang Lang's interpretation: he has deeply pondered every bar, and his edifice is rock-firm.
This release is a reminder that he is a magnificent musician." - Michael Church