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Goldberg Variations (1955 Debu

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  • Performer: Glenn Gould
  • Composer: Bach Johann Sebastian
  • Audio CD (Oct. 27 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Run Time: 46.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000028NE
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Goldberg Variations: Aria
2. Goldberg Variations: Variation 1
3. Goldberg Variations: Variation 2
4. Goldberg Variations: Variation 3
5. Goldberg Variations: Variation 4
6. Goldberg Variations: Variation 5
7. Goldberg Variations: Variation 6
8. Goldberg Variations: Variation 7
9. Goldberg Variations: Variation 8
10. Goldberg Variations: Variation 9
11. Goldberg Variations: Variation 10
12. Goldberg Variations: Variation 11
13. Goldberg Variations: Variation 12
14. Goldberg Variations: Variation 13
15. Goldberg Variations: Variation 14
16. Goldberg Variations: Variation 15
17. Goldberg Variations: Variation 16
18. Goldberg Variations: Variation 17
19. Goldberg Variations: Variation 18
20. Goldberg Variations: Variation 19
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Product Description

Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (The Historic 1955 Debut Recording)


In the main, sonic differences between Sony Classical's 20-bit remastering of this landmark 1955 recording and its previous incarnation in the CBS Great Performances series (CBS MYK 38479) are subtle rather than striking. Tape hiss is reduced, while ambient studio noise is heightened, bringing Glenn Gould's trademark humming and squeaky chair more into the foreground. One can also perceive slight changes in microphone setups between certain variations. Gould completists, however, will want this Glenn Gould Edition transfer for two fugues recorded in 1957, drastically different from the pianist's perverse remakes 13 years later for his complete Well Tempered Clavier Book II. Any respectable piano collection, however, should include Gould's debut Goldbergs, at any price. --Jed Distler

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Look, you don't need to really be a Classical snob or focused on Classical music to have this album anymore than you have to be a jazz fan to own A Love Supreme by John Coltrane or Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis... This is a historic recording that literally blew away the world and placed Glenn Gould firmly in the consciousness of the world. A Canadian Hero, Gould is single-handedly responsible for the prowess of the Canadian Broadcasting corporation, for the world's deep reverence for artists from Canada and for just being the coolest guy in the history of Classical music... period.

Buy this. Just... buy... it. Then, be blown away by the power and vitality that Gould brings Bach.
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I love both of Glenn Gould's versions of Goldberg Variations, the first in 1955 (this one) made him famous, while the last one in 1981 was his swan song. The 1981 version definitely has the fuller modern sound and Gould goes deeper, yet 1955 is historic, the sound is still excellent, and Gould's technique is just amazing! However, this particular packaging includes more than Goldberg Variations. Two fugues from Well Tempered Clavier are added to the end. Good music definitely, but personally, I just want the Goldberg Variations with no additives. If you don't object to the extras, then by all means get this CD. But if you are like me, look for the older "Great Performances" version by CBS/Columbia. It has only Goldberg Variations, with no fugues.
If you are new to Glenn Gould, just remember that even now, twenty years after his death, his work remains controversial. Everyone agrees that he was a masterful pianist, one of the best ever, but many people just don't like his eccentric approach to Bach. They find the fast parts too fast, and slow is too slow. In the 1981 version, many object to Gould's tuneless humming in the background. Eccentric? You bet. But nobody else could even get away with it. "That nut is a genius," as Szell was once heard to quip.
Anyone who finds Gould too eccentric, or perverse, should try Angela Hewitt or Rosalyn Tureck. I love their versions of Goldberg Variations too! Rosalyn Tureck spent her entire career of about 60 years studying Bach, and recorded Goldberg Variations at least three times. All are excellent. Angela Hewitt is just masterful, and plays with sheer devotion.
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By A Customer on Feb. 14 2004
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From a theorical point of view, art critics in general, across history (I refer here to the "Ancient" versus "Modern" quarrels that, in many ways, are as redundant, since the Renaissance up to know, as the biological generation phenomenon itself) can be distribute and tell apart following two types of argument intrinsically linked to each opposing and corresponding standpoint : whether an artist has to strive in order to reproduce a traditionnally given model, a somewhat dogmatical state of things, only justifiable by refrence to a timeless necessity of confirming one mind to this "already there" good and ideal state of things simultaneously related to a fondational will (Nature, God, the Composer, the Master, etc.) , or whether, at the opposite (or nearly so), artist (and, by extension, ordinary man who lives by some aspects in the wake of avant-garde artists), can, or even must, in order to achieve great works of beauty and imagination, appropriate, transform and re-invent given state of things (including previously inherited artistic forms and medias), integrating to it a new, or different, way of living, of appearing, of expressing - for those now-living at least - the world itself, the human's passions and desperate will to last in this human-made world itself.
The first rather stiff, static, rigid picture of the Classics (the "given states of things") which appeared as a premise and as a end of the orthodox (A.Brendel...), pro-Ancient and other neo-platonicists looking back to an original, motionless, merely castrating, selfsufficient purity of the start (the Score, the Book, etc.
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Great price. The merchandise arrived promptly as the condition described. I will certainly do business with the seller again. Satisfactory transaction.
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