Bach, Goldberg Variations, J. Crow, D. McNabney, M. Haimovitz
(released on September 16, 2008)
The Haimovitz recording came out only a year after the Maisky one, in conjunction with the trio's performances of the work on its touring schedule. Even without the unfortunate coincidence with the Maisky disc, it would be hard to recommend this CD, on account of too many tracks marred by sloppy attacks, tuning issues, and ill-coordinated ensemble. That being said, I admire what Matt Haimovitz does, bringing classical music to unexpected venues and thus to audiences much harder to reach. Many people have probably purchased this CD after hearing one of Haimovitz's concerts, and that is a good thing. In the context of a bar or cafe, these deficiencies would probably stick out less to the ear, but for close listening the bar is set much higher.