An attractive coupling of two of J.S.Bach's greatest harpsichord works, offering better value than the previous full-price CD containing only the Goldberg Variations. The Italian Concerto is the first of two recordings made within five years by Trevor Pinnock for Deutsche Grammophon and has never been on CD before.
This is one of two releases (the other is Handel's Messiah) in the Originals series to mark Trevor Pinnock's 60th birthday in 2006.
This performance causes me to wonder whether Forkel, in his much-quoted report, got hold of the wrong end of the stick and that the Goldberg Variations were used by Count Kayserling not as an antidote for his insomnia but so as to have something worth staying awake for. Pinnock's reading is certainly the liveliest there has been of this great work [...] this recording - which on CD captures evey sound (musical and otherwise) of the Ruckers instrument with the utmost fidelity - is pure pleasure."
Lionel Salter, The Gramophone, August 1985 (Goldberg Variations)