This is Gould's second recording of the Goldbergs, made about a year before his death in 1982. His original 1955 recording (which first brought worldwide fame to his name) was brilliant, astonishing, scintillating... but this second recording is, to my mind, even better. The whole piece - the two arias and thrty variations - seem to hang together as a single entity, profound and moving in their changing moods and styles. Yes, Gould can be heard humming to the music as was his habit, but this is not disturbing; it gives his music a curiously personal feel. And the clarity of the playing is stunning. This is truly a great recording.