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Glenn Gould: The Complete Original Jacket Collection - Exclusive Box set, Limited Edition

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The Glenn Gould Complete Jacket Collection" is presented to mark the brilliant pianist's 75th birthday and the 25th anniversary of his death. It is a fascinating, limited edition: all the artist's LP recordings in the "look and feel" of the original vinyl discs on 80 CDs.

The Canadian Glenn Gould (born in Toronto 25 September 1932 - died there 4 October 1982) was without doubt one of the most important pianists of all time. Even today, the idiosyncratic interpretations and the eccentric personality of the "James Dean of the piano" exert a continuing fascination.

In good time to commemorate the artist's birth 75 years ago on 25 September and his death 25 years ago on 4 October 2007, the Sony Classical label is launching a special project in honour of the double anniversary: "The Glenn Gould Complete Jacket Collection" transfers all the artist's recordings for LP on to 78 CDs, from Glenn Gould's legendary 1955 recording of the Goldberg Variations to piano works by Richard Strauss released posthumously on 4 April 1984, and of course, not one of the brilliant artist's legendary Bach recordings is missed out.

Each of the 60 single and 9 double CDs consists of the exact recordings as first issued on vinyl and looks like a miniaturised form of the original disc: the CDs are in cardboard slipcases in the original design, and the CD itself is designed to look like a LP.

Supplemented by two bonus CDs, the limited "Glenn Gould Complete Jacket Collection" comprises 80 CDs mounted in a high-quality display case with a booklet of more than 240 pages. This booklet contains a new, detailed essay by the German Gould specialist Michael Stegemann on Glenn Gould and the LP recording era along with texts and repertoire details to all recordings in the edition, plus a listing and depiction of the records with reissue dates for repertoire that has appeared before.

The bonus CDs include the last great interview that Glenn Gould gave the American journalist Tim Page in 1981 and an essay on Johann Sebastian Bach and the fugue that Gould recorded in 1972 for a bonus LP. They also feature a number of late recordings that never appeared on vinyl: fragments of the "Italian Album" and Wagner's Siegfried Idyll in its orchestral version -- Gould's recording debut as conductor and his last recording of all, made on 8 September 1982 with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Another rarity is Gould's own film music to George Roy Hill's Slaughterhouse Five from 1972.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Goldberg Variations, Bwv 988
  2. Piano Sonata's No.30-32
  3. Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Bwv 1052
  4. Concerto No.2 In B Flat Major, Op.19
  5. Sonata No.3 In E Flat Major
  6. Sonata No.10 In C Major, K.330
  7. Fantasia And Fugue In C Major, K.394
  8. Concerto No.1 In C Major For Piano & Orchestra, Op.15
  9. Concerto No.5 In F Minor For Piano & Orchestra
  10. Sonata For Piano, Op.1
  11. Three Piano Pieces, Op.11
  12. Sonata No.3 For Piano, Op.92 No.4
  13. Concerto No.4 In G Major For Piano & Orchestra Op.37
  14. String Quartet No.1
  15. Italian Concerto In F Major & Partita No.1 & 2
  16. 10 Intermezzi Op.76, 116, 117, 119
  17. Concerto No.4 In G Major For Piano & Orchestra, Op.58
  18. The Art Of The Fugue, Bwv 1080 Vol. I Fugues I -Ix
  19. Concerto No.24 In C Minor For Piano & Orchestra K.491
  20. Concerto For Piano & Orchestra, Op.42
  21. Enoch Arden (Tennyson), Op.38
  22. The Well Tempered Clavier, Book I, No.1-8 Bwv 846-853
  23. Partita No.3 In A Minor, Bwv 827 & No.4 In D Major, Bwv 828
  24. Toccata In E Minor, Bwv 914
  25. The Well Tempered Clavier, Book I, No.9-16, Bwv 854-861
  26. Two And Three Part Inventions & Sinfonias No.1-15 Bwv 772-801
  27. Sonata No.5-7, Op.10/1-3
  28. The Well Tempered Clavier, Book I, 17-24, Bwv 846-869
  29. Songs For Voice And Piano Op.1, Op.2, Op.15
  30. Solo Piano Works Op.11, 19, 23, 25, Op.33a & B
  31. Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major For Piano & Orchestra, Op.73 'Emperor'
  32. Fantasy For Violin & Piano Op.47
  33. Ode To Napoleon Bonaparte Op.41 Et Al.
  34. Sonatas For Piano No.8-10, Op.13 'Pathetique', Op.14/1 & 2
  35. Keyboard Concertos No.3, 5 &7, Bwv 1054, 1056 & 1058
  36. Canadian Music In The Xxth Century
  37. Piano Sonata No.1-5, K.279-283
  38. The Well Tempered Clavier, Book Ii, No.1-8 Bwv 870-877
  39. Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 (Trans. For Piano By F. Liszt)
  40. Concert Drop-Out: Glenn Gould In Conversation With John Mclure
  41. Sonata No.3 In F Sharp Minor, Op.23
  42. Sonata No.7 In B Flat Major, Op.83
  43. Piano Sonata No.6, 7 & 9, K.284, 309, & 311
  44. Keyboard Concerto No.2 & 4, Bwv 1053 & 1055
  45. Piano Sonatas No.8, 14 & 23, Op.13, 27/2 & 57
  46. The Well Tempered Clavier, Book Ii, No.9-16 Bwv 878-885
  47. Variations For Piano, Woo.80, Op.34 & 35
  48. The Well Tempered Clavier, Book Ii, No. 17-24 Bwv 886-893
  49. A Consort Of Musicke Bye William Byrd & Orlando Gibbons
  50. Piano Sonatas No.8, 10, 12 & 13, K. 310, K.330, K.332, K.333
  51. Music From Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five
  52. Piano Concertos No.3 & 5 Bwv 1054 & 1056
  53. Songs For Voice And Piano, Op.3, 6, 12, 14, 48, 2 Lieder Op.Post
  54. Suites For Harpsichord No.1-4, Hwv 426-429
  55. Sonata In E Minor For Piano, Op.7
  56. Premier Nocturne In F Major, Variations Chromatiques
  57. French Suites No.1-4, Bwv 812-815
  58. Piano Sonatas No.11, 15 & 16, K.331, K.533/K.494 & K.545
  59. Fantasia In D Minor, K.397
  60. Piano Sonata No.1-3
  61. Die Meistersinger, Gotterdammerung, Siegfried-Idyll (Piano Trans. By G. Gould)
  62. Piano Sonatas No.16-18, Op.31/3
  63. French Suites, No.5 & 6, Bwv 816 & 817
  64. Overture In The French Style, Bwv 831
  65. Sonatas For Viola Da Gamba & Harpsichord No.1-3 Bwv 1027-1029
  66. Bagatelles, Op.33 And Op.126
  67. Piano Sonatas No.14, 17 & 18, K.457, K.570 &K. 576
  68. Fantasia In C Minor, K.475
  69. The Complete Sonatas For Brass And Piano
  70. Sonatas For Violin And Harpsichord No.1-6 Bwv 1014-1019
  71. English Suites No.1-6, Bwv 806-811
  72. Sonatinas For Piano, Op.67/1-3; 'Kyllikki' 3 Lyric Pieces For Piano, Op.41
  73. Das Marienleben For Soprano And Piano
  74. Toccatas, Bwv 910, 912 & 913
  75. Toccatas Bwv 911 & 914-916
  76. Preludes, Fugues And Fughettas Bwv 895, 899, 900, 902, 924-938, 952, 953, 961
  77. Piano Sonata No.1-3, Op.2/1-3 & No.15 Op.28 'Pastoral'
  78. Works By Scarlatti, C.P.E. Bach, Gould, Scriabin, Strauss & Beethoven
  79. Six Late Piano Sonatas, Hob.Xvi/42, 48-52
  80. Goldberg Variations
  81. 4 Ballades, Op.10; 2 Rhapsodies Op.79
  82. Sonatas No.12 Op.26 & No.13 Op.27/1
  83. Sonata Op.5, 5 Piano Pieces, Op.3
  84. Piano Quintet, Op.44 & Piano Quartet, Op.47
  85. Glenn Gould Discusses His Performances Of The 'Goldberg Variations' W/ Tim Page
  86. Fragments Of Bach's 'Italian Album' & Wagner 'Siegfried Idyll'

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 80
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
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  • ASIN: B000TJQ75E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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By David Pearlman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2007
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Frankly, this is unbelievable. This beautiful and huge set of classic classical CDs for this ridiculous price? This can't last, and I would urge you to go buy this limited edition set RIGHT NOW--before it sells out--then come back and read the remainder of this review.

Glenn Gould is undisputedly one of the great pianists of the recorded era, particularly when performing the works of Bach, and this set basically includes every album he ever released. This is part of Sony's "Original Jacket" series, which is distinguished by straight reissues of albums originally issued during the vinyl era, in exact (but smaller) replicas of the original issue. Luckily for us, Gould recorded exclusively for Columbia (now Sony), so there were no licensing issues. The mastering here is excellent, and sounds like, essentially, flat transfers of the original recorded programs. Given that Columbia's classical division was home to many very skilled producers and engineers, a flat transfer is all that is required.

There's no need to go over the performances here. There is ample documentation of Gould's life and music on the Web. But one point is worth noting: Unlike most classical pianists, Gould preferred the studio to live performance. As a result, in 1964 he retired from the touring circuit and devoted the remainder of his career to studio performances. That means that his (studio) recorded works represent close to the entirety of his career and that his tremendous reputation is based almost entirely on the music represented on these CDs.

There is almost too much music here to digest in any resonable amount of time, but even if you start by only picking and choosing among your favorites, it won't take long to fully justify the price of the entire 80 CD (!!!!) collection.
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I am sooo pleased with this box that I want to be one of the first to review it.

First of all, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S HERE! Several years ago Sony released a 12-CD box in their "Original Jacket" collection containing roughly half of Gould's recordings of Bach. I have been desperately hoping that one day they would release another companion box with the rest of the Bach. BUT I wasn't expecting this, not even in my wildest dreams! The COMPLETE official releases of everything, including fantastic rarities! And at an incredibly low price! Little more than two bucks per CD. What's more it arrived in just a couple of days with free shipping!

In spite of the ultra-low price Sony didn't cut any corners. The CDs are individually housed in strong, thick, lovely laminated mini-LP covers, each one replicating the original LP artwork. There are three CDs of interviews and unfinished projects: "Glenn Gould: Concert Dropout" - an interview with John McClure of CBS Records, "In Conversation with Tim Page" and "Italian Album Fragments and Wagner's Siegfried Idyll". There's also a 250-page handsome, hardbound book containing a new, detailed essay by the German Gould specialist Michael Stegemann plus notes, reviews, rare photos and additional alternative LP artwork taken from the reissues and compilations. You also get the complete listings and timings for all the CDs in clear, legible type.

All of this is contained within a sturdy, durable and very beautiful carrying case that will look very cool on your shelf. This is easily the greatest reissue edition of anything so far attempted by Sony. It even surpasses in several aspects the first release on CD of the "Stravinsky Legacy" (available now in a slim super-budget box. Very few frill but an astonishing bargain).
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Glenn Gould was certainly one of the most unique classical artists of the 20th century. His recordings are spontaneous and heart felt, often revealing colors you never even dreamed were there. Every recording has tremendous freshness and originality. The only shame is that we only have 77 CDs of music (3 of the CDs contain interviews, which are quite helpful and enrich the listener's experience).

If you are not familiar with the story of this sometimes eccentric artist, use your favorite web search engine and read some of the volumes of biographical literature available. I will not even attempt to do justice to the life here.

The Original Jacket CD collection contains complete replicas of every studio recorded LP released during Gould's lifetime. In Gould's case, this is certainly a very valid and appropriate presentation of his recorded legacy. Gould took great pride in participating in every element of the recording and production process. While the music could be rearranged and squeezed onto fewer than probably 50 CDs, with Gould it makes perfect sense to present the listener with exactly what Gould took great care to produce without modification. And given that the entire set is available for less than $3 per CD, any gripes about getting short changed by being forced to buy 80 CDs is short-sighted nonsense. And the CDs hardly take up enormous shelf space. The box is 10 inches long with a hinged cover, the equivalent of 24 standard jewel cases. The original album covers are only slightly useful, being that one can hardly read the liner notes. And one must consult the 250+ page book to get CD track numbers, as the sleeves have LP sides/track numbers. But that is a minor quibble.

Don't hesitate. Order the set now. Avid collectors will confirm that these Sony Original Jacket Collections become very hard to obtain very quickly. Limited Editions they truly are.
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