Glenn Gould serves up Bach's 24 Preludes & Fugues with all of his customary energy & effortless technique. On hearing the opening prelude the listener could be forgiven for fearing the worst: an odd use of staccato at a ponderous tempo. However matters immediately improve in the fugue & Gould seems not to look back from here. Try the 3rd P&F in C sharp for sheer joie de vivre or no.19 in A with its impossibly fast prelude. Deeply moving is the articulation of prelude 4 but the intensity is most apparent in P&F 22 in B flat minor where the music seems to stand still, sustained by beautiful chord voicing. The piano sound is luminous rather than rich, but with a well judged resonance which Mr. Gould controls, employing the full range of legato & staccato touch. But back to that first famous prelude - even that grows on you with time, such is the power of Gouldian humour!