The Glenn Gould Edition: Bach: Goldberg Variations [1955 version]

The Glenn Gould Edition: Bach: Goldberg Variations [1955 version]

by Glenn GouldGlenn Gould

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Overview

It's difficult to imagine a performer and a piece of music as closely associated as are Glenn Gould and Bach's Goldberg Variations. Gould's dazzling 1955 performance not only made the young pianist famous, it blew the cobwebs off music which had previously been regarded as a piece of musical esoterica. Gould showed that Bach's work was playful and profound; the wealth of contrapuntal detail and the labyrinthine structure are joyous expressions of Bach's compositional mastery. A quarter of a century later, Gould re-recorded the Goldberg Variations, one of the last projects he completed before his untimely death in 1982 at the age of 50. That later interpretation (also available from Sony) is more contemplative and restrained: The joy is quiet and private. Gould fans will want both versions, of course, but the intoxicating, rapturous 1955 recording is the one to get, if you're getting only one.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/1992
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074645259420
catalogNumber: 52594
Rank: 8436

Tracks

  1. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)

    1. Aria  (01:52)
    2. Variation 1  (00:45)
    3. Variation 2  (00:37)
    4. Variation 3  (00:54)
    5. Variation 4
    6. Variation 5  (00:37)
    7. Variation 6  (00:34)
    8. Variation 7  (01:08)
    9. Variation 8  (00:45)
    10. Variation 9  (00:37)
    11. Variation 10  (00:42)
    12. Variation 11  (00:54)
    13. Variation 12  (00:56)
    14. Variation 13  (02:10)
    15. Variation 14  (00:58)
    16. Variation 15  (02:17)
    17. Variation 16  (01:18)
    18. Variation 17  (00:53)
    19. Variation 18  (00:46)
    20. Variation 19  (00:42)
    21. Variation 20  (00:48)
    22. Variation 21  (01:42)
    23. Variation 22  (00:42)
    24. Variation 23  (00:54)
    25. Variation 24  (00:57)
    26. Variation 25  (06:29)
    27. Variation 26  (00:52)
    28. Variation 27  (00:49)
    29. Variation 28  (01:10)
    30. Variation 29  (01:00)
    31. Variation 30  (00:48)
    32. Aria da capo  (02:14)
  2. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 14 in F sharp minor (WTC II/14), BWV 883 (BC L117)  (03:18)
  3. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 9 in E major (WTC II/9), BWV 878 (BC L112): Fugue in E major, BWV 878

    1. Fugue in E major, BWV 878  (04:19)

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