"Performed on a double-manual instrument by Colin Booth (after a single-manual by Fleischer, 1710), the performer’s craft and flair affords the ‘Goldberg’s a sense of lyricism that is rarely heard. Most renowned for being the harpsichordist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Steven Devine’s weave of the contrapuntal lines accounts for some of this recording’s charm; in addition to his crisp ornamentation and variety of touch, this makes for truly addictive listening. The general pulse changes very little from movement to movement, but born out of this is a sense of organic progression that elegantly unifies the thirty variations and polar arias. It truly is a significant feat to have made such a unique recording given that this work has been so widely recorded. Coupled with precise sleeve notes, this is the scholars’ choice."
Musica Antiqua - Janauary 2012
"...The tone of the instrument is rich and clear, and the recording captures it well."
Katz - American Record Guide - November/December 2011
“... Steven Divine is an up-and-coming British harpsichord who makes his solo début with this recording... There is much to like in this new recording. Devine clearly has the requisite technique and musicality for a work of this magnitude. His tempos fit the consensus very neatly; no movement is misjudged or out of place...”
Christopher Brodersen – Fanfare – November/December 2011
"Steven Devine’s sense of phrasing is finely honed throughout, helped by intelligent tempi ... Devine makes this work his own with additional playful decorations ... This is a highly recommendable performance."
Katharine May - Early Music Today - September/October 2011
“Devine’s harpsichord Goldbergs can stand among the best in a crowded field.”
Phillip Kennicot – Gramophone – September 2011
“...Steve Devine’s recording of the Goldberg Variations is certainly amongst the best, making all of the crucial musical points very effectively and with plenty of expressive breathing room. There’s nothing stodgy about his playing, but neither is it lightweight and ephemeral... give this recording a try – you certainly won’t be disappointed."
Dominy Clements – MusicWeb-international.com – August 2011
“Album of the Week”
“...he [Devine] exercises restraint, but his muscular style is remarkably expressive.”
Michael Church – The Independent – 16 July 2011
“...this account by Steven Devine ... is scrupulous ... his playing is adroit and his attention to every detail of the ornamentation punctilious... “
Andrew Clements – The Guardian – 15 July 2011
Stephen Pritchard – The Observer – 12 June 2011
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