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Glenn Gould Bach Goldberg Variations

(Numbered Limited Edition Import Gold CD)

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Glenn Gould Bach Goldberg Variations on Numbered Limited Edition Import Gold CD

Glenn Gould's 1981 Recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations!

Limited Edition of Only 1000 Numbered Copies

Early on, Glenn Gould’s musical proclivities, piano style and independence of mind marked him as a maverick. Favoring structurally intricate music, he disdained the early-Romantic and impressionistic works at the core of the standard piano repertoire, preferring Elizabethan, Baroque, Classical, late-Romantic and early-twentieth-century music; Bach and Schoenberg were central to his aesthetic and repertoire. He was an intellectual performer, with a special gift for clarifying counterpoint and structure, but his playing was also deeply expressive and rhythmically dynamic. 

He had the technique and tonal palette of a virtuoso, though he upset many pianistic conventions – avoiding the sustaining pedal, using détaché articulation, for example. Believing that the performer’s role was properly creative, he offered original, deeply personal, sometimes shocking interpretations (extreme tempos, odd dynamics, finicky phrasing), particularly in canonical works by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.

However, it was with Bach's Goldberg Variations that it practically all began and with the Goldberg Variations that it practically all ended. Gould’s first Columbia recording in June of 1955 was a sensation, the birth of a legend, while his second studio recording effectively brought his career full circle in April of 1981 just before his premature death of a stroke at 50. However much the two recordings may differ – and not only in terms of their chosen tempi – they are really just snapshots in time. 

Each of the recordings remain milestones in gramophone history, iconic readings to which listeners will respond depending on the mood of the moment, sometimes preferring the coruscating pyrotechnical brilliance of the early recording and at other times opting for the “autumnal quality” that Gould himself described as the quintessential characteristic of the later recording.

Musicians:
- J.S. Bach (composer)
- Glen Gould (piano)

Features:
- 24K Gold CD
- Numbered Limited Edition of 1000 copies
- Made in Japan

Glenn Gould Bach Goldberg Variations Track Listing:

1.  Aria
2.  Variation 1
3.  Variation 2
4.  Variation 3
5.  Variation 4
6.  Variation 5
7.  Variation 6
8.  Variation 7
9.  Variation 8
10. Variation 9
11. Variation 10
12. Variation 11
13. Variation 12
14. Variation 13
15. Variation 14
16. Variation 15
17. Variation 16
18. Variation 17
19. Variation 18
20. Variation 19
21. Variation 20
22. Variation 21
23. Variation 22
24. Variation 23
25. Variation 24
26. Variation 25
27. Variation 26
28. Variation 27
29. Variation 28
30. Variation 29
31. Variation 30
32. Aria Da Capo

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1. Aria
2. Variation 1
3. Variation 2
4. Variation 3
5. Variation 4
6. Variation 5
7. Variation 6
8. Variation 7
9. Variation 8
10. Variation 9
11. Variation 10
12. Variation 11
13. Variation 12
14. Variation 13
15. Variation 14
16. Variation 15
17. Variation 16
18. Variation 17
19. Variation 18
20. Variation 19
21. Variation 20
22. Variation 21
23. Variation 22
24. Variation 23
25. Variation 24
26. Variation 25
27. Variation 26
28. Variation 27
29. Variation 28
30. Variation 29
31. Variation 30
32. Aria Da Capo

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