"…Staier's bold, stirring playing, always a pleasure to hear, is especially impressive in these ambitious works. He plays a recently restored French harpsichord of the late 17th century that can stand up to his high-intensity style. The result: a fine program that achieves something different from what it set out to do." ~allmusicguide
"Purely from a historical performance viewpoint, there is much of interest here: Staier plays on an 1825 Johann Fritz four-pedalled fortepiano. (…) Very much a disc worth hearing, then, and one that will surely complement some treasured modern instrument performances of these works." ~musicweb-international
Staier's interpretation and delivery of these lesser known Baroque classics have come down to us in a reissued catalogue that surprises and delights both with the quality of the performance and the exemplary noise-free recording. This rare opportunity to encounter the extended Bach legacy in all its glory is sumptuously and indulgently displayed by a band of virtuoso players who can hold their own as soloists as well as perform naturally and convincingly as a team…By Mr. N. R. Birkhead
…Overall, Staier is persuasive in his choice of tempi, ornamentation, mechanical proficiency, and his basic characterization—one of the most important aspects to a successful performance of this piece. He has a way of treating these variations individually, much as Gould did in his first recording of the Goldbergs. Most importantly, he has…energy and life.
…The justifiably well known Rondo all’Ungarese is played with superb virtuosity by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra with string playing of extraordinary unanimity, with again that wonderful bass. Andreas Staier makes much of the gypsy element and conjures a huge range of colours out of his Walter copy pianoforte. A terrific CD.