The Goldberg Variations
John Kamitsuka, piano. Aria, Variations 1-30, Aria da capo. (2001). 44:33. 1 CD. DDD stereo
Contains program notes by John Kamitsuka.
Recorded by A. T. Michael MacDonald and Mark Conese at Ambient Recording Co., Stamford, CT. Edited by Rich Lamb. Mastered by A. T. Michael MacDonald at AlgoRhythms, NYC, with a Prism analog-to-digital converter, at 24 bits/96 khz.
Piano Technician: Christopher Solliday, RPT, PTG, Inc. Piano: Steinway
Sponsored by The Tomorrow Foundation.
“Kamitsuka played in a clear, open, unaffected way. Several of the Bach Preludes and Fugues were delivered in a fresh, crisp, fluent manner.”—Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times
“Kamitsuka made a powerful impression with his masterly and direct pianistic expression.”—Rheinische Post
“With Kamitsuka at the keyboard, the Goldberg Variations were a fantastic skyride with kaleidoscopic shifts of color and light, opening to horizons where mortal spirits hover like teardrops at immortal thresholds. A man who conveys this dimension of the work, surpassing brilliance and fluency necessarily possesses the reach within himself.”—Kitty Montgomery, Daily Freeman
“Kamitsuka played the 25th variation with a concentration as hypnotic as his performance of rapid variations had been dashing.”—Frank Merkling, The News-Times
“Kamitsuka’s talent is the right blend of energy, feeling and technique—that which we call art.”—Carol Ann Wilcock, The New Milford Times