For her first Warner Classics solo album release, Beatrice Rana has taken on a very different challenge from her first concerto album dedicated to Prokofiev/Tchaikovsky piano concertos. It also happens to stand as a pinnacle of the solo keyboard repertoire: Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
The CD, out today, has got already top praise from the most prestigious newspapers and magazines:
“Beware! I put on this disc and found myself barely able to move for the 78 minutes of Bach’s masterpiece, so familiar yet suddenly so new. Rana’s playing has a kind of Orphic seductiveness, a transcendent lightness of touch. She yields little to Glenn Gould in mercuriality and fleetness (her toccatas are ‘brio’ at its most devastating), and lacks his tendentiousness. How beautifully she draws the bemused interior phrasing of variation XIII, or the plangent dissonance of the extended ‘Black Pearl’ variation XXV. A supremely intelligent reading.”
Paul Driver, The Times
“A thoughtful, sensitive performance which makes one hear a familiar work anew.”
Andy Gill, Independent
“Intellectually irreproachable, she nourishes her music temple with an inexhaustible fantasy. What a pianist!”
Classica Magazine, CHOC de Classica