Glenn Gould The Goldberg Variations (1981) on LP
Final Recording in Gould's Lifetime Available on 180g Audiophile Vinyl for the First Time!
Transferred from the Newly Discovered Original Analog Master Tapes
In 1955 Glenn Gould signed an exclusive contract with Columbia Masterworks, and remained with the label until his untimely death in 1982. Gould’s first release, Bach’s Goldberg Variations (1955), took the music world by storm, and immediately established the maverick 22-year-old Canadian pianist as one of the most brilliant, original, charismatic and provocative classical performers of his time.
The Birth of a Legend: Gould’s first recording for Columbia, playing Bach as if someone had parted the curtains and thrown open the windows in a dark, stuffy room. The critics were ecstatic; the release broke all records and is still considered one of the ten most significant and successful classical recordings of all time.
The Goldberg Variations (1981) was the last recording to appear in Gould’s lifetime, completing the discographical circle that had begun so spectacularly with the same work in 1955. The recently discovered analog reels from the legendary 1981 recording sessions are now available for the first time in its history on 180g audiophile vinyl. High quality pressing for a true analog experience!
“I would like to think that there is a kind of autumnal repose in what I’m doing, so that much of the music becomes a tranquilizing experience. It would be nice if what we do in the recorded state could involve the possibility of some degree of perfection, not purely of a technical order, but also of a spiritual order.” - Glenn Gould