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Glenn Gould: The Acoustic Orchestrations - Works by Scriabin and Sibelius / Glenn Gould, piano

Album Summary

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53
>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (2) for piano, Op. 57
>Sibelius, Jean : Sonatinas (3) for Piano, Op. 67
>Sibelius, Jean : Sonatina no 2, for piano in E major, Op. 67/2
>Sibelius, Jean : Sonatina no 3, for piano in B flat minor, Op.67/3
>Sibelius, Jean : Kyllikki, Op. 41
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Acoustic Orchestrations features Scriabin's Piano Sonata No. 5, recorded by Glenn Gould in 1970 and presented here, for the first time, in the fully "orchestrated" form Gould intended but never fully realized during his lifetime. The restoration and realization of the Scriabin recording is the work of Gould scholar, Paul Théberge, who says, "The Sonata No. 5 was the first, and most ambitious of Gould's multi-track experiments, employing numerous microphones spread throughout the studio and recorded onto 8-track tape. Gould planned his final mixes much as a film director might assemble a film from a series of close-ups and long shots, hard cuts and dissolves. The results are, by turn, subtle and dramatic, lending an acoustic dimension to the recorded music that is truly 'orchestral' in character." The Acoustic Orchestrations also includes a new multi-track mix of two preludes by Scriabin and music by Sibelius that offers further insight into Gould's technique.

The Acoustic Orchestrations includes a bonus CD-ROM with a video that illustrates the intricacies of the Scriabin mix, plus edited versions of the original 8-track masters which allow listeners to create their own orchestral mixes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 30th Street Studio, New York City (07/16/1970-07/17/1970); Timothy Eaton Auditorium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/16/1970-07/17/1970); 30th Street Studio, New York City (1976-1977); Timothy Eaton Auditorium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1976-1977).



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Works Details

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Notes: 30th Street Studio, New York City (07/16/1970-07/17/1970)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (2) for piano, Op. 57
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Sibelius, Jean : Sonatinas (3) for Piano, Op. 67
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Sibelius, Jean : Sonatina no 2, for piano in E major, Op. 67/2
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Sibelius, Jean : Sonatina no 3, for piano in B flat minor, Op.67/3
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Sibelius, Jean : Kyllikki, Op. 41
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904