Bach: The Goldberg Variations is the 1955 debut album of Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould. An interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988), the work launched Gould's career as a renowned international pianist, and became one of the most well-known piano recordings. Sales were "astonishing" for a classical album: it was reported to have sold 40,000 copies by 1960, and had sold more than 100,000 by the time of Gould's death in 1982.
While Glenn Gould's 1955 debut recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations has attained legendary status, there are many devoted fans who rank the 1981 recording just as highly, even though it offers a dramatically different interpretation.
Glen Gould recorded Bach's Goldberg Variations for Sony in 1981 on the Yamaha C9 piano owned by the pianist. Undoubtedly the album has sold many more copies since his death, and those figures are "as of", and times have changed in the music industry. I'm not sure it's meaningful to compare sales of this album in a 20-year span ending before the artist's death with the entire catalog of a top conductor.
With his 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the young pianist made a compelling case for a work that, at the time, was considered an obscure keyboard composition by an otherwise imposing master of Baroque music. Gould made his counter-argument for the piece’s rightful prominence by taking wild liberties with the source. In addition to playing the work on a piano instead of on the 18th-century era-appropriate harpsichord, Gould rushed tempos and varied his attack with aggression. His body flailed up and down his creaky chair, displaying melodramatic physical gestures-the very cliche.
50 Masterworks - Glenn Gould. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I & II, BWV 846-893. Bach: The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (1981 Recording, Remastered). Glenn Gould Plays Bach. Bach: Goldberg Variations. New European Strings Chamber Orchestra.
Recording Goldberg Variations: 30th Street Studio, New York City, June 10, 14 & 16, 1955; Mono Recording Well-Tempered Clavier: 30th Street Studio, New York City, July 29-31 & August 1, 1957; Mono Total time: 46:11 22-pages booklet. Other (Direct Stream Digital Remastered): DSD. Label Code: LC 06868. Matrix, Runout: Sony DADC A0101697199-0101 13 A00. Mastering SID Code: IFPI 966P.
But I couldn’t make it through, not even close.
By Johann Sebastian Bach, Glenn Gould. 1. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria - Remastered. 2. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 1 a 1 Clav. 3. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 2 a 1 Clav. 4. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all'Unisono - Remastered. 5. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 4 a 1 Clav. 6. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
|A||The Goldberg Variations Part. One|
|B||The Goldberg Variations Part. Two|
- Printed By – Doxy Music
- Composed By – Johann Sebastian Bach
- Piano – Glenn Gould
NotesHQ Virgin Vinyl 180 gram
Manufactured in Europe ° Printed in 2012 by DOXY, a trademark of MiruMir Music Publishing
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 889397884192
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