- Language: English, German, French
- Dubbed: English, French, German
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Sony Classics
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000050IL0
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Bach: Goldberg Variations [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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The overall effect is a stunning and fascinating performance and a second to none interpretation of the 'Goldberg'
This is truly one of the most amazing pieces known to man, composed by probably the greatest of all western musicans, played by one of the most brilliant and eccentric performers who has ever lived.
I have played this DVD to countless people, most who are not musicans and don't have the slighest knowledge or interest in classical music and all of them could not believe what they were witnessing. People exaggerate all the time, using hyperbolic language to describe the most inane of things. Adjectives like "mesmerising", "spellbinding" and "captivating" are all too often misused. But this DVD is all of those things. We are lucky to bear witness to such utter perfection and clarity. Just buy this DVD and marvel.
Those CDs lived in my CD player for about a year before first hearing Gould's version of the Goldberg; even with the considerable skill of Perahia, I couldn't believe what I heard with Gould. Such musicianship, the attention to detail, the interpretations; the difference between everything I had heard previously and Gould was the difference between night and day.
When I first heard Glenn Gould play, it was the first time I heard Bach. When I first heard Glenn Gould play Bach, it was the first time I heard music.
When listening to other musicians play Bach, it was always at the back of my mind that it required something of a struggle; hard work. Not so with Gould. His sound is crisp and light, yet firm and vigorous. Whilst other musicians seem to be restricted by the strict rhythmic style of the baroque composer; wanting to bring out the 'romantic' that doesn't exist, Gould seems to thrive on the austerity. Exaggerating it, thus animating this austerity and bringing a range of colours and vitality not heard with other interpreters.
Gould is a virtuoso interpreter, not merely physically accomplished; one gets the overwhelming sensation of great attention and thought having gone into perfecting every phrase, every counterpoint, every composition.
Glenn Gould did with Bach what other pianists did with Chopin. As this music was originally written for harpsichord, there are no dynamics written.Read more ›
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A wonderful spiritual experience seeing the performer communicating with the soul of the composer.Published 20 months ago by m.a.rooke-matthews
There is not much to say. A historic recording, a very personal way to live music (yes, Gould does not only plays the music, he lives it), a pleasure to watch and listen.Published on 16 Nov. 2009 by Jordi & Olga
This DVD is a revelation! Technical difficulty and playfulness of the music is appreciated fully only by watching pianist's hands gliding effortlessly over the keyboard like two... Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2008 by Scriabinmahler