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Glenn Gould Plays Bach: The Goldberg Variations; The Question of Instrument; An Art of the Fugue / Directed by Bruno Monsaingeon [DVD]

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
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Notes & Reviews:

Gould's thinking takes center stage in Glenn Gould Plays Bach. This three-part series of performances and conversations was crafted by the pianist with French violinist and filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon for Clasart Film between 1979 and 1981. It begins with "The Question of Instrument," in which Gould delves into the controversies arising from the emergence of the early music movement and the question of whether Bach's music should even be played on a modern concert grand. "An Art of the Fugue" explores his thinking on contrapuntal music, leading him to the ecstatic moment when he declared of the B-A-C-H theme in Bach's Art of the Fugue that "There's never been anything more beautiful in all of music." Finally, we have "The Goldberg Variations" to thank for Gould's return to that work a quarter of a century after his world-famous recording deìbut: his second recording of the work, a co-production for Clasart and Columbia, is Gould’s cinematic legacy.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Studio/Live: Studio