Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 CD
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Top Customer Reviews
The technical mastery of Gould goes without saying, but what really struck me with this recording was the spirit with which this music is played - the feeling which Gould breathes into the work. This is most evident in the slower pieces, particularly the opening Aria, which take you on a journey of the most exquisite emotions. In almost every variation, Gould picks you up and takes you where he is going with it.
I lack the words to describe it - words ike "subliminal", "instropective" come to mind, and above all "human". Bach can be played very mechanically, but not here. Complimented by Gould's ghostly humming, occasionally rising to the level of audibility, Aria, and Canone della Quinta sound like they come straight from the soul. This music lifts you into another world.
Not once does he use the pedals.
This is just mind-blowing - buy it!
Gavrilov tried to out do this performance (in fact he plays some variations even faster), but does not come even close in terms of technical ease and the transcendental quality of the music making. I will strongly recommend the DVD of this amazing recording too. This performance must be watched as well as listened to, to be fully appreciated Glenn Gould - The Goldberg Variations .
I think the first thing to say is that the Goldberg Variations is a fantastic piece of music, and is pretty much infallable as far as music goes. Goulds playing achives a great depth and variety of tone, whilst maintaining a strong sence of clarity that lets all of Bach's lines sing through, I think Gould has achieved something mind-blowing here!
Whilst at first one could find the performance marred by his constant humming, and it is prevelant, especially when listening on headphones, it is worth listening past. I think it provides a unique insight into how he is shaping the music that we don't often hear. To be honest I find myself humming along (no doubt somewhat encouraged) and its interesting to see where I differ from Gould. I think that without the humming his peformance wouldn't shine as much as it does. There is a reason why it's a favorite on desert island disks!
All in all an amazing CD, at an amazing price!
I've listened to it to unwind and help myself fall asleep (which Bach claimed the piece was written to help his patron do) to focus and deliver my own creative effort, and just to enjoy an excellent piece, played on an excellent instrument by an excellent perfomer.
It can't really be described.
Buy it, hear it...again and again.
Gould takes the theme very slowly indeed here, and while I like it to be slow I'm not sure I want it quite this slow.Read more ›
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Like an extended, fancy version of the theme from 'Murder She Wrote'.Published 5 months ago by J Higgins
Ok so this is a beautiful rendition almost entirely destroyed by the distraction of the dude humming almost all the way through. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kandere
Music is all down to personal choice, We love this CD and hearing the music in the film "Hannibal" inspired me to buy it.Published 18 months ago by JJ
Disappointing .a whole load of talk on this cd at the end which is really annoying .if I wanted talk I would not put this onPublished 18 months ago by Gisele du Bois