• Dan Tepfer

Bach’s Goldberg Variations are one of those classical masterpieces on which generations of interpreters have been able to leave especially deep marks—we now refer to certain recorded versions as if they belong to the keyboardist rather than the composer, perhaps most famously in the case of pianist Glenn Gould. He made his international reputation when he recorded the work in 1955, then caused a stir by recording it again in 1981 (just before his death), with a much slower, meditative feeling.