I am aware of Henle being considered one of the leading authorities, but I have also heard that another publisher...starts with a B....can't remember the name right now, is also good, if not better. Do you know what I'm talking about?
You certainly mean the "Bärenreiter"-editions, right? They are not better than the ones of Henle IMO, because Henle is nearer to the original. You may look into some Bach-topics in AR, in which Chris and me discussed about the vantages of Henle against Bärenreiter. IMO Henle always wins.
As to embellishments - that's something I discussed with my teacher today. He basically said the same thing, that Bach did not write them in and that I am free (sort of) to play them how I like, as long as they fit the style, beginning note, right with rhythm, etc...
Yes, that´s what I meant. In the case of the "Aria" of the Goldberg-variations I choosed mainly the embellishments of the Henle-edition, in some few cases I did some personal ones.
As to Chopin editions - I was under the impression that Paderewski editions were best but I wonder if there is something out there that maybe I don't know about. And I haven't yet looked to see if Paderewski edited the Barcarolle. Let's see if anyone else has any other ideas.
I think, Henle is also the best edition for Chopin-pieces. But that´s only my opinion.