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The Sound of Glenn Gould - highlights from the 81 CD 'Glenn Gould Remastered' including excerpts from the 1955 & 1981 'Goldberg Variations' / Glenn Gould, piano

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Aria with 30 Variations "Goldberg Variations" BWV 988
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzo in A major Op. 118/2
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra no 5 in F minor BWV 1056
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C-sharp minor "Moonlight" Op. 27/2
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra no 2 in E major BWV 1053
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major K 331 (300i)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no 4 in G major Op. 58
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Piano in D major Hob. XVI
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra no 3 in D major BWV 1054
>Sibelius, Jean : Sonatine for Piano in F-sharp minor Op. 67/1
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor "The Tempest" Op. 31/2
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971
>Strauss, Richard : 5 Piano Pieces Op. 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor "Pathétique" Op. 13
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Preludes for keyboard (Six Little Preludes), BWV 933/98
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Aria with 30 Variations "Goldberg Variations"BWV 988
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Notes & Reviews:

Best Of single-CD culled from The Complete Columbia Album Collection. Contains the very finest of Glenn Gould's recordings remastered.

In 1955 Glenn Gould signed his exclusive contract with Columbia Masterworks, and remained with the label until his untimely death in 1982. Gould's first release, Bach's Goldberg Variations, released in January 1956, took the music world by storm, and immediately established the 22-year-old Canadian pianist as one of the most brilliant, original, charismatic and provocative classical performers of his time.

Few pianists are so easily identifiable as Gould, whose rhythmic acuity, breathtakingly clean articulation and scintillating technical aplomb still leave a formidable individual imprint, from his brashly controversial Mozart Sonata cycle and spacious Brahms Intermezzi to his fiercely committed 20th-century music interpretations and, of course, his bracing, joyous and highly influential Bach.

The Sound of Glenn Gould presents a selection that gathers together the finest recordings from the great Canadian pianist. Featuring 21 tracks, including some of the Goldberg Variations, all remastered for best of CD.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2016
Abstracted from the definitive 81-CD set, these 21 tracks give a small hint of Gould's extraordinary artistry in a programme book-ended by extracts from his two Goldbergs.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (02/12/1969); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (02/12/1969); Manhattan Center New York City (02/12/1969); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (02/12/1969); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (03/20/1961); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (03/20/1961); Manhattan Center New York City (03/20/1961); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (03/20/1961); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (04/18/1966/04/19/1966); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (04/18/1966/04/19/1966); Manhattan Center New York City (04/18/1966/04/19/1966); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (04/18/1966/04/19/1966); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (04/23/1979); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (04/23/1979); Manhattan Center New York City (04/23/1979); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (04/23/1979); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (05/01/1958); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (05/01/1958); Manhattan Center New York City (05/01/1958); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (05/01/1958); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (05/02/1967); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (05/02/1967); Manhattan Center New York City (05/02/1967); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (05/02/1967); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (05/15/1967); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (05/15/1967); Manhattan Center New York City (05/15/1967); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (05/15/1967); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (06/23/1959-06/26/1959); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (06/23/1959-06/26/1959); Manhattan Center New York City (06/23/1959-06/26/1959); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (06/23/1959-06/26/1959); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (08/29/1971); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (08/29/1971); Manhattan Center New York City (08/29/1971); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (08/29/1971); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (09/30/1960); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (09/30/1960); Manhattan Center New York City (09/30/1960); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (09/30/1960); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (10/10/1979); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (10/10/1979); Manhattan Center New York City (10/10/1979); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (10/10/1979); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (10/14/1980); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (10/14/1980); Manhattan Center New York City (10/14/1980); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (10/14/1980); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (12/16/1965/08/11/1970); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (12/16/1965/08/11/1970); Manhattan Center New York City (12/16/1965/08/11/1970); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (12/16/1965/08/11/1970); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (12/18/1976/12/19/1976); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (12/18/1976/12/19/1976); Manhattan Center New York City (12/18/1976/12/19/1976); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (12/18/1976/12/19/1976); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1955-06-10&1955-06-14_1955-); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (1955-06-10&1955-06-14_1955-); Manhattan Center New York City (1955-06-10&1955-06-14_1955-); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (1955-06-10&1955-06-14_1955-); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1963-12-06&1963-12-11&1963-); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (1963-12-06&1963-12-11&1963-); Manhattan Center New York City (1963-12-06&1963-12-11&1963-); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (1963-12-06&1963-12-11&1963-); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1967-01-09&1967-01-10&1967-); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (1967-01-09&1967-01-10&1967-); Manhattan Center New York City (1967-01-09&1967-01-10&1967-); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (1967-01-09&1967-01-10&1967-); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1981-04-22_1981-04-25&1981-); Eaton Auditorium Toronto (1981-04-22_1981-04-25&1981-); Manhattan Center New York City (1981-04-22_1981-04-25&1981-); Old St Lawrence Hall, Toronto (1981-04-22_1981-04-25&1981-).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Aria with 30 Variations "Goldberg Variations" BWV 988 :: Aria
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1955-06-10&1955-06-14_1955-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Aria with 30 Variations "Goldberg Variations" BWV 988 :: Variatio 1 a 1 Clav
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1955-06-10&1955-06-14_1955-)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Aria with 30 Variations "Goldberg Variations" BWV 988 :: Variatio 2 a 1 Clav
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1955-06-10&1955-06-14_1955-)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Aria with 30 Variations "Goldberg Variations" BWV 988 :: Variatio 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all' Unisono
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1955-06-10&1955-06-14_1955-)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzo in A major Op. 118/2 :: Andante teneramente
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra no 5 in F minor BWV 1056 :: II. Largo
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Golschmann
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C-sharp minor "Moonlight" Op. 27/2 :: I. Adagio sostenuto
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra no 2 in E major BWV 1053 :: II. Siciliano
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Golschmann
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major K 331 (300i) :: III. [Rondo] Alla Turca. Allegretto
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (12/16/1965/08/11/1970)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no 4 in G major Op. 58 :: III. Rondo. Vivace
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1805-1806

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Piano in D major Hob. XVI :: 51
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: ?1794-95

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra no 3 in D major BWV 1054 :: I. [Allegro]
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Golschmann
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Sibelius, Jean : Sonatine for Piano in F-sharp minor Op. 67/1 :: III. Allegro moderato
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Notes: Eaton Auditorium Toronto (12/18/1976/12/19/1976)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1963-12-06&1963-12-11&1963-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor "The Tempest" Op. 31/2 :: III. Allegretto
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (08/29/1971); Eaton Auditorium, Toronto (08/29/1971); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1967-01-09&1967-01-10&1967-); Eaton Auditorium, Toronto (1967-01-09&1967-01-10&1967-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971 :: I. [Allegro]
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (06/23/1959-06/26/1959)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Strauss, Richard : 5 Piano Pieces Op. 3 :: no 1
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897-1898

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor "Pathétique" Op. 13 :: II. Adagio cantabile
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (04/18/1966/04/19/1966)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Preludes for keyboard (Six Little Preludes), BWV 933/98 :: no 1 BWV 933
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Aria with 30 Variations "Goldberg Variations"BWV 988 :: Variatio 30 a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1981-04-22_1981-04-25&1981-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Aria with 30 Variations "Goldberg Variations"BWV 988 :: Aria da capo
  • Performer: Glenn Gould (Piano)
  • Notes: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City (1981-04-22_1981-04-25&1981-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741