- Stephen Tharp's recording of the Goldberg Variations ...is quite simply amazing....
Review by George Bozeman, Jr. in The Tracker Magazine Volume 56, No. 2
...a keen ear and intellect to mine that richness and apply it with a sensitive touch, and this Tharp does endlessly.
As far as virtuosity is concerned it is quite simply amazing. The variations calling for moderate tempos he takes briskly; the quick-moving once are lightning fast. If you know the score you remember that Bach has already loaded it with ornamentation. But Tharp usually adds more, never out of character, but rather extra sparkle and delight, and then on repeats, adds yet more!
As a bonus, Tharp gives us a quick tour of the Fritts organ with short improvisations on the various stops and combinations.