- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Bach: The Goldberg Variations 1955 Extra tracks
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Top Customer Reviews
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".
If you can actually watch how he plays the work on DVD (Glenn Gould - The Goldberg Variations ), you will be even more amazed!!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is wonderful although I prefer his later, slower take on the piece.Published 10 months ago by J. Wilson
Iconic recording with all the original (in every sense!) programme notes!Published 14 months ago by Jill Hudson
A satisfying performance
Glenn Gould was a grand master of the piano
A satisfying performance
The sound still sounds fresh
I now know what people were getting at, this is the way to listen to Bach.Published 23 months ago by William