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on 5 February 2010
For anyone interested in Bach keyboard works and the French Suites in particular this recording is a must. Gould's techinque is totally incredible and gives a real sense of plurality during the denser, more contrapuntal movements (Gigue of Suite V). Although some movements do not benefit so much from Gould's "extra-detached" style, this recording is still musically rewarding in every way and each time you listen to a track you will be able to pick out a musical line that you perhaps didn't hear before. Highly recommended!
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on 5 August 2011
Many purists think that it's an abomination to play Bach on a modern piano. I don't agree, especielly not when it's Gould playing. He reveils the heart in the music, he goes to the roots and makes every note sound relevant and right. He is never doing anything for the "show", he is 100% true to his perception of the music. And his love for the music can be heard - no doubt!
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on 9 May 2013
First heard this in the early 70s.
liked it a lot then. like it even more now.
a must for those who like Bach played on the Piano
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on 2 July 2009
The French Suites are an excellent introduction to the magical ability Glenn Gould. The French suites are varied and of managable duration, also this CD is well recorded.
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on 30 January 2010
Impeccable performance as always by Glenn Gould, even though I enjoy the Goldberg Variations even more.
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on 14 March 2016
everything ok. thank you!
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on 8 October 2014
Excellent!!!
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on 26 March 2012
Mars has one big advantage over Glenn Ghoul - sorry, Gould: yes, there was a time in the past when the Red Planet was not completely dry. Indeed, the fate of its vast oceans is a mystery to this day. The Australian Space Agency - a venerable institution - is planning a manned-mission to Mars; I intend to hitch a ride and we're going to locate that damned gurgler.

On the other hand, anyone who seeks to ascertain why GG is just so bone-dry in Bach, let alone account for the inexplicable fascination he exerts on otherwise intelligent and cultivated people, is going to need something more than a do-it-yourself rocket and some scuba-gear to fathom out these phenomena. Brisk, efficient, lacking in poetry, devoid of humanity and ill-served by shallow recordings, the Ghoulster is a byword for dryness. In fact, if you assured me 'Glenn Gould' was a code-word for Deep Blue, the chess-computer that battled Grandmaster Kasparov in 1997, I would believe you.

Take the Allemande that opens the Fourth Suite in E Flat. It is one of the most graceful movements ever penned by JSB. In the hands of Sviatoslav Richter Richter - The Authorised Recordings - Bach it is equal to its reputation; and nor is the Russian virtuoso afraid of legato or those pedals at his feet. Overall, he takes 2'31" to traverse this movement. In his usual 'helter-skelter run down the stairs' fashion, GG hammers home in a time of 1'09 (both players repeat the exposition [at which point Richter is 36 seconds in contrast with GG's 22] and only Richter observes the repeat in the development). And needless to say, GG's angularity is almost as unlistenable as his lupine vocalise.

It is a non-contest.

Reader, warnings of this kind could be likened to throwing water into the sea. If you are new to Bach, ignore the hype. Buy the Richter.
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