Look, let's face it, buying Glenn Gould recordings, which is a finite activity by the way since Glenn is no longer with us, can be a troubling experience. So many different CDs with the same performances and yet with different CD covers or different combinations of pieces can really drive you batty after a while. Now there's even a large, new "complete" set of Gould playing Bach, which is nothing more than the same CDs that have been available for years in one big set.
I don't know why this is. Perhaps, in part, it has to do with smart record companies taking advantage of customer loyalty. Now, Sony has put out these same recordings which have been available for 50 years in new CD covers with sharp, attractive photos of Glenn in his Sunday best. BUT, they are the same darn recordings as before!!!! And they're expensive to boot!
I have noticed, however an option that will make it cool for people just starting their love affair with Gould's playing. Amazon is charging an arm and a leg for these "new" recordings, but if you look at the other options for purchasing you will find a UK distributer who is selling the CDs for a fraction of the price Amazon is charging. For example this recording of the Hindemith piano sonatas that by the way are sensational, sells for almost 15 bucks. Go to the other purchasing options and the UK Company has it for 6 and change plus postage. That's a significant savings in these hard times. This is true for nearly all of these recently released CDs.
My dream is that someday someone will find a vault filled with heretofore unheard recordings of Glenn playing Beethoven's Diabelli variations, the complete works of Handel, and a host of other Baroque and Classical works that we wish Glenn had recorded. Sadly, it ain't gonna happen.
Update: Are you kidding? Now they want 24 bucks for this CD. Heed my advice. Go with the cheap vendor.