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Bach: Goldberg Variations 1955 (re-performances) / Gould

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
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Notes & Reviews:

"Two "re-performances" are offered here: one in stereo surround sound, the other recorded from a binaural stereo "headphone" perspective where omnidirectional microphones are placed in the ear canals of a dummy head situated not far above the keyboard. Do the results resemble Glenn Gould? The recordings certainly sound "Gouldian", in that they accurately mirror the pianist's contrapuntal clarity, chord balances, accents, dynamic shifts, pedaling, and hair-trigger precision. A few details even appear more precise than in 1955, such as the ever-so-tiny split bass note in Variation 12's first measure, corrected here... In all, Gould fans will find this project as fascinating and controversial as the pianist was himself." -Classics Today (9/9)


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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City / Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (06/10/1955/06/14/1955)
  • Running Time: 60 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741