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Bach: The Goldberg Variations 1955 Extra tracks

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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (26 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B0002ISFRK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. "Goldberg Variations, BWV 988"
  2. "The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II"
  3. Aria
  4. Variation 1 a 1 Clav.
  5. Variation 2 a 1 Clav.
  6. Variation 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all' Unisuono
  7. Variation 4 a 1 Clav.
  8. Variation 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  9. Variation 6 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda
  10. Variation 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  11. Variation 8 a 2 Clav.
  12. Variation 9 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza
  13. Variation 10 a 1 Clav. Fughetta
  14. Variation 11 a 2 Clav.
  15. Variation 12 Canone alla Quarta
  16. Variation 13 a 2 Clav.
  17. Variation 14 a 2 Clav.
  18. Variation 15 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta. Andante
  19. Variation 16 Ouverture a 1 Clav.
  20. Variation 17 a 2 Clav.
  21. Variation 18 - Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.
  22. Variation 19 a 1 Clav.
  23. Variation 20 a 2 Clav.
  24. Variation 21 Canone alla Settima
  25. Variation 22 Alla breve a 1 Clav.
  26. Variation 23 a 2 Clav.
  27. Variation 24 Canone all' Ottava a 1 Clav.
  28. Variation 25 a 2 Clav.
  29. Variation 26 a 2 Clav.
  30. Variation 27 Canone alla Nona
  31. Variation 28 a 2 Clav.
  32. Variation 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  33. Variation 30 a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
  34. Aria da capo
  35. "Fugue in F-sharp minor, BWV 883"
  36. "Fugue in E Major, BWV 878"
  37. Studio Outakes from the 1955 Goldberg Variations

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Interesting to compare with my 1981 version. The most indispensable Cd in my large collection.
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Wonderful recording and a great artist's interpretation of one of the greatest baroque composers of all time. Highly recommend to all Bach enthusiasts
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Bach's keyboard music can take so many styles and approaches, but none can better Glen Gould's original touch and manner.
He is genius, and seems to have J.S. Bach's ear for phrasing and expression and a great love of his music.
He can however be heard humming to himself as he plays at one or two points.
This does not actually detract from the performance but emphasizes his "empathy".
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If I must choose three recordings of solo piano music which deserve the word 'awe-inspiring', my first choice is this recording of Goldberg Variations by Glenn Gould, second choice is Richter's Well-tempered Klavier (Bach - The Well-tempered Clavier, Books 1 & 2) and the third is Glenn Gould's 1981 recording of Goldberg Variations. Like Rony O'sullivan's 147 in 5 minutes 20 second, I don't think anyone can surpass this 1955 recording by Gould as long as mankind lives on, on this planet!

If you can actually watch how he plays the work on DVD (Glenn Gould - The Goldberg Variations [1981]), you will be even more amazed!!
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This is a truly iconic disc, the legendary performance that introduced an eccentric Canadian pianist to the world at large. Gould had made a sensational debut in New York with a programme that included Beethoven's Op 109 sonate, a Sweelinck fantasia and the Webern variations. Snapped up by a CBS talent scout, he requested his first release should be Bach's Goldberg Variations, a seldom performed work the Leipzig cantor wrote for an aristocratic insomniac. As the recording took place, Gould sat on his pigmy stool, swaying, groaning, humming and playing like a god. Inbetween takes he popped pills, donned his overcoat and ate arrowroot biscuits washed down with spring water as the press gathered curiously to see the spectacle. The resulting LP sold 40,000 copies, redefined Bach playing and made Gould an instant star. Today, with many more fine recordings of the work, this is still the one that sets the benchmark. Invest and be dazzled by some of the greatest and most exciting piano playing ever committed to disc.
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Glenn Gould's first recording of the Goldberg Variations is fresh and vibrant. Apparently Bach wrote the music as a kind of extended lullaby, but I've never yet managed to sleep through any of this recording. (Gould's later recording, from 1981, is more soothing.)

On this disk there are also two fugues from the Well Tempered Clavier. I think of the E major fugue (BWV 878) as a kind of ultimate idea of fugue: if someone wants to know what a fugue is, this is what they need to hear. Gould takes the E major fugue rather quickly in his recording of the whole of the Well Tempered Clavier, but the recording on this disk is slow and clear and wonderfully resonant.
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Arrived dead on the promised delivery in good order & very satisfied. Would recommend to others.
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By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2006
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Sony's earlier release of this set, dating from as lately as 1992, is still available, but I'm sure they have some terribly good reason for reissuing it now. There is a reference to remastering of the sound, but I can't find out whether this is against the 1992 issue or the original one from 1955. The new disc sounds much like the old one to me, the sound of that was excellent (particularly for engineering now half a century old), and as for the performance...

This is the recording that first announced the Gould supernova to the musical world. He was 22 years old in 1955, he disavowed this account when he recorded the work again in1981, but much as I admire the latter this is the one for me. It is historic in more ways than one. In the first place it restored Bach-playing on the piano to fashionable respectability, as even Rosalyn Tureck had not quite managed to do. In the second place it marked the debut of one of the greatest geniuses, I am in no doubt at all, that ever played the instrument. Gould was a scholar and intellectual (although an unpretentious one), and his feeling and respect for the spirit of Bach's style were as acute as his interpretative sense was imaginative. However what pinned everyone's ears back when Gould came on the scene was just his phenomenal skill as an executant. Michelangeli himself was not more of a perfectionist than Gould was, and the cut-diamond super-perfection of his runs, trills and ornaments remains a thing to astonish the listener even in an age of ultra-accomplished technicians of the instrument. He has never been to everyone's taste, so I have no way of knowing whether he will be to yours with his rocketing speeds in certain variations, but I simply can't get enough of him.
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