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Glenn Gould Plays Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV988
 
 
Artist
Glenn Gould, piano.
Label Sony Classical
Format 2 CDs
Runtime/Release Date 46'18,51'23/2012
UPC 887254118220
Daedalus Item Code 29726
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Description
Glenn Gould's American debut in 1955, and the release a year later of his Columbia recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, launched his international concert career. He earned widespread acclaim, although he hated performing ("At concerts I feel demeaned, like a vaudevillian"). Finally, in 1964, he permanently retired from concert life. This set includes both his 1955 version of Bach's inexhaustible set of variations (one of the few works he recorded more than once), as well as Gould's vastly different, more contemplative 1981 interpretation.

"One of the ten best recordings of the century."—Gramophone (1955 version)

"Gould recorded nearly all of Bach's keyboard music, and the beginning of that series, the 1955 recording of the 'Goldberg' Variations, is one of the most indispensable recordings made in the LP era…. It should be on the shelf of anyone who has a strong interest in Gould, Bach or the piano."—Washington Post

The playing of Canadian virtuoso Glenn Gould provokes myriad reactions, from disquiet to awe. Seldom is there indifference. He is celebrated for his revelatory Bach interpretations, yet he cherished the music of the Renaissance, was stupendous in recordings of Beethoven concertos, and championed music of the 20th century. These well-annotated new editions combine his recorded legacy in exciting ways and add to the luster of a reputation that continues to shine, many years after his death.

 
 
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