Bach: Goldberg Variations, Bwv 988
Ignacio Prego is a leading member of the rising generation of Spanish early music specialists which numbers existing Glossa recording artists such as Fahmi Alqhai and Josetxu Obregón. Prego has already been securing for himself a very busy concert schedule across Europe, the US and Asia, and he is frequently heard performing harpsichord concertos with ensembles such as The English Concert or the Portland Baroque Orchestra, or collaborating with eminent musicians such as Masaaki Suzuki and Jordi Savall, or giving solo harpsichord recitals, where he is able to demonstrate his special preference for the works of JS Bach. This new recording of the Bach Goldberg Variations – one of the major challenges for performers of Baroque keyboard music – represents Prego’s third recorded solo recital, but his first for Glossa. Heard playing a splendid copy of a 1738 Christian Vater harpsichord on this Federico Prieto-engineered recording (Prieto is a further, integral member of this new group of emerging Spanish stars, through his sensitive miking, mixing and producing), Ignacio Prego illustrates perfectly the points put forward in scholar David Schulenberg’s essay for the booklet, in which particular emphasis is placed on Bach’s threefold “cycling” of the 30 variations, each time combining one free variation, one duet and a canon.