Bach: Goldberg Variations - Nick van Bloss
“van Bloss goes his own way and beckons your attention in the process...[He is] fond of unexpected accents that further underline the jazzy "swing" that characterises his healthy internal rhythmic clock...Even considering that the catalogue is jam-packed wth recommendable piano verions of the Goldberg Variations, Nick van Bloss's stimulating traversal more than merely holds its own.”
This recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations marks van Bloss’s first venture back into professional life since his retirement. Of his playing, Michael Haas says that “in polyphonic music, such as Bach, Nick offers a superhuman degree of precision and individuality with each voice, while never losing overall transparency,” and who feels that van Bloss’s Chopin and Rachmaninov are characterised by a “crystalline solidity” which enables him to build and shape works with total security and “achieve a nearperfect balance between vibrancy of keyboard playing and sweep of musical vision.”
In April 2009, van Bloss made a ‘comeback’ concert at London’s Cadogan Hall, playing a concerto by Bach and Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra. The concert, uniformly reviewed as a ‘Triumph’ by London’s critics, attracted massive media interest from all over the world.