For me, I must say, Bach was the greatest composer. I totally agree with the album's title, 'A State of Wonder' because both recordings of this masterpiece, by the most remarkable Bach pianist, have great interpretations for baroque music. In both recordings, the shaping is exquisite and the polyphony is very clear and every note on this marvellous piano can be heard well. Although the 1981 digital recording has a better recording quality, I still prefer the 1955 recording because he played the variations at a more appropriate speed, whereas he played too slowly, for my liking, in the 1981 recording. However, still listen to both recordings and compare them. It's good that Gould did not observe many repeats, like most pianists do, because that makes the work far too long for me to hear.