Bach: Goldberg Variations (1955 Version) - Expanded Edition

September 30, 2003 | Format: MP3

$8.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 30, 2003
  • Release Date: September 30, 2003
  • Label: Sony Classical/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 58:21
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  • ASIN: B0013AQK5K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,341 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sony's earlier release of this set, dating from as lately as 1992, is still available, but I'm sure they have some terribly good reason for reissuing it now. There is a reference to remastering of the sound, but I can't find out whether this is against the 1992 issue or the original one from 1955. The new disc sounds much like the old one to me, the sound of that was excellent (particularly for engineering now half a century old), and as for the performance...

This is the recording that first announced the Gould supernova to the musical world. He was 22 years old in 1955, he disavowed this account when he recorded the work again in 1981, but much as I admire the latter this is the one for me. It is historic in more ways than one. In the first place it restored Bach-playing on the piano to fashionable respectability, as even Rosalyn Tureck had not quite managed to do. In the second place it marked the debut of one of the greatest geniuses, I am in no doubt at all, that ever played the instrument. Gould was a scholar and intellectual (although an unpretentious one), and his feeling and respect for the spirit of Bach's style were as acute as his interpretative sense was imaginative. However what pinned everyone's ears back when Gould came on the scene was just his phenomenal skill as an executant. Michelangeli himself was not more of a perfectionist than Gould was, and the cut-diamond super-perfection of his runs, trills and ornaments remains a thing to astonish the listener even in an age of ultra-accomplished technicians of the instrument. He has never been to everyone's taste, so I have no way of knowing whether he will be to yours with his rocketing speeds in certain variations, but I simply can't get enough of him.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joshua L Wright on March 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm not sure what the previous reviewer is going on about or how rereleasing these recordings constitutes "questionable marketing". What I am sure of is this is amazing music. The beauty of Bach's score coupled with Gould's raw energy makes for one of the most amazing pieces of music over recorded. The bonus tracks of studio outtakes and fugues from the Well-tempered Clavier make a nice addition, but might be a bit redundant if you already have Gould's WTC on CD. At any rate, this is a must by for any human being who loves music. Simply breath-taking!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Bell on May 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
To clarify: this is the 1955 recording that has been given a freshen up by the Sony engineers now in DSD sound. It's better- not light years but enough for me. Then we get some more Gould, that really, I wish wasn't there. One time listening to it is more than enough for me.

Great recording. Of the two Gould's I now prefer the second but I wouldn't be without this one either.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David M. Garrett on March 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Marketing, or rather packaging is everything and the 1955 rendition of Gould's Goldberg Variations continues to resurface in different clothing, yet always the same, brilliant body of work. The music is superb, the play inspired, but the sound on this recording - remastered though it may be -- seems uneven, retaining the distinctive "hiss" of the original LP. This background noise is most distracting on the slower, quieter portions; less evident, if noticeable at all, on the faster, louder passages. Nevertheless, it is a landmark recording worth owning for historical value. Pricing is good; however, a few additional dollars will buy you a first order recording (e.g., Perahia; Gould's "A State of Wonder").
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Richman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The marketing folks at Sony must be losing their minds and the proof is the creation of the new "Masterworks Expanded Edition" series. Quite honestly this new series is nothing special -- it features mostly repackaged product, and performances that in many cases are still available in their original incarnation(s). Sure, these new ones are remastered with the latest technology (or gimmick depending on how you look at it), "Direct Stream Digital" or "DSD," and they sell at mid-price. Plus, the music is incredible so I will grudgingly award four-stars. Overall though, the "Masterworks Expanded Edition" will confuse a lot of prospective buyers, especially when it comes to this latest reissue of Glenn Gould's 1955 "Goldberg Variations." This recording is often a launching point for music fans looking to get their feet wet in classical, and now they will look in the bins and have to figure out which of the four versions (of the exact same performance) to buy. In addition to the recently issued "A State of Wonder" collection, remember that the "Great Performances" and "Glenn Gould Edition" versions of the '55 Goldberg are still in-print and available. Well, this latest packaging job does look the coolest so it'll probably be a hit with the new, hip crowd, and will sell like hotcakes (?). Of course, those of us in the know are yet again painfully reminded of the questionable marketing decisions by the so-called guardians of our precious music.
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