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Glenn Gould Bach Edition [Box set]

Glenn Gould Audio CD
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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (17 Sep 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 44
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B0086WQNZ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

This beautiful box set contains Glenn Gould’s recordings of Bach’s complete keyboard music, with additional DVD material, including live performances, interviews and documentaries. This Limited Edition deluxe box set contains 38 CDs and six DVDs, and an extensive full colour book including complete original liner notes, partly written by Glenn Gould himself, plus a new introduction by Gould expert Michael Stegemann. The DVD component includes 40 minutes of yet unreleased conversation between Glenn Gould and Curtis Davis. Gould discusses his continuing discovery of Bach, the meaning to him of fugue and counterpoint, and changing attitudes towards music and its performers. The set comes in a cloth wrapped solid case with silver foil embossing.
Containing: 38 CDs and 6 DVDs consisting of 30 CDs Columbia/CBS LP reissues in mini replica LP sleeves; eight CDs of posthumously released recordings, outtakes and interviews on Bach; three DVDs compiled from CBC’s “Glenn Gould on Television”, including 40 minutes of yet unreleased material; three DVDs “Glenn Gould plays Bach” directed by Bruno Monsaingeon.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas in september! 17 Sep 2012
By lucas
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I felt like it was Christmas whilst I was opening the package from Amazon. Then, playing the first cd I expected to see snow out there...

This box set is simply superb! The box itself has a beautiful, elegant design and it is the strongest I've ever seen. It is likely that there is no other box of classical music cds built like this one.
The box is bigger than it looks on the picture and its measures are: 17cm height x 22cm width x 15cm depth.

The cds come in cardboard cases that reproduce the original long play cover, including the text in the back. The cds themselves are designed to look like a LP .
It is easy to browse through the discs and select one of them.
If you want to check the track list before ordering this box set you can find the complete list of what is in each cd at klassik.sonymusic.de

The sound I hear ( playing now "Goldberg Variations" ) almost makes me think that there is a piano in the house...I expect the sound of other cds to be as good or even better because Glenn Gould was very demanding about the technical quality of his recordings and learned so much about technicalities of recording that he could be also considered a good sound engineer. Incidentally, he even built a recording studio in his home.

There are 34 cds with music only, one cd with a conversation with Glenn Gould about concert dropout, one cd where Glenn Gould talks about Bach but it is in German (???), one cd with studio outtakes of the Columbia recording session in 1955, one cd where Glenn Gould discusses his performances of the "Goldberg Variations" with Tim Page and 6 dvds.

The first three dvds are broadcasts of Canadian Television from 1957 to 1970.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice package - no sound improvement 26 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a beautiful looking edition. The box isn't just cardboard but covered completely in beautiful cloth. The hardcover book even has stitched (sewn?) binding.

The only thing I'm missing: there's no information about the digital transfer. Anyone who knows the superb Rudy Van Gelder Remaster edition of Jazz records of the 50s - don't expect this brilliant sound here. I've just listened to the 1955-Goldberg-recording and the sound is far from "good" in a remaster sense. There a strong disturbances/hissings (before there was noise reduction).
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I made some tests.
Partita recording of 1957 compared to the Glenn Gould Edition (Sony Classical) 1993. This seems to be the exact same mastering. In the former edition it says "mastered using 20-bit technology" SBM / ADD
I also compared this recording to a disc of the Rudy Van Gelder Remaster: Red Garland Trio: Groovy. The Partitas and Groovy are both US-recordings of summer 1957. The Van-Gelder-remastering using "transfers made from the analog master tapes to digital at 24-bit resolution" (2008). The sound of the RVG-Groovy-disc is just amazing, absolutely superb. You can't say this of the Sony-disc, here the sound is rather flat, not very brilliant and with a rather strong noise/hissing.

So I assume: no effort has been made to improve the sound of the Glenn-Gould-recordings and listening to the early recordings - I guess there could have been an improvement...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Bach keyboard ,I would touch it with a barge pole .I bought the 12 CD box set by Andras Schiff for donkey years and to be truthful it was before the donkey.Many times I tried to listen to the Goldberg Variations and The well tempered claviers but got bored and the box set was and still gathering dust in my collection.Glen Gould back,no way after the negative reviewers from the professional in well known Magazine and reviewers that he hum and you can actually hears the cracking noise of the antique granny chair and I do not know whether he pass gas at both ends during recording,I decided to buy his Bach complete recordings and I still wonder why this box include Beethoven piano concerto whe it is Bach complete recording.Since I got this box set I have been playing the CD for over a week and never get bored.There is slight noise of humming via headphone but nothing to wire home about.I never got bored and tried to hang myself after listening to the two version of The Goldberg variation.This is a box set to treasure and to Enjoy Bach keyboard music,I mean enjoy with a capital e. Buy this box set as it is cheapest price on Amazon and once it is gone it is gone.Forget about those expert reviewers and if it was for them I would appreciate and enjoy the master tunesmith and highly recommended without any reservation. And this is Bach for a lifetime and for me for me is few years as I am already over the hill.
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