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Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (The Historic 1955 Debut Recording) Original recording remastered

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In the main, sonic differences between Sony Classical's 20-bit remastering of this landmark 1955 recording and its previous incarnation in the CBS Great Performances series (CBS MYK 38479) are subtle rather than striking. Tape hiss is reduced, while ambient studio noise is heightened, bringing Glenn Gould's trademark humming and squeaky chair more into the foreground. One can also perceive slight changes in microphone setups between certain variations. Gould completists, however, will want this Glenn Gould Edition transfer for two fugues recorded in 1957, drastically different from the pianist's perverse remakes 13 years later for his complete Well Tempered Clavier Book II. Any respectable piano collection, however, should include Gould's debut Goldbergs, at any price. --Jed Distler

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Aria
  2. Variation 1 a 1 Clav.
  3. Variation 2 a 1 Clav.
  4. Variation 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all' Unisuono
  5. Variation 4 a 1 Clav.
  6. Variation 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  7. Variation 6 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda
  8. Variation 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  9. Variation 8 a 2 Clav.
  10. Variation 9 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza
  11. Variation 10 a 1 Clav. Fughetta
  12. Variation 11 a 2 Clav.
  13. Variation 12 Canone alla Quarta
  14. Variation 13 a 2 Clav.
  15. Variation 14 a 2 Clav.
  16. Variation 15 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta. Andante
  17. Variation 16 Ouverture a 1 Clav.
  18. Variation 17 a 2 Clav.
  19. Variation 18 - Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.
  20. Variation 19 a 1 Clav.
  21. Variation 20 a 2 Clav.
  22. Variation 21 Canone alla Settima
  23. Variation 22 Alla breve a 1 Clav.
  24. Variation 23 a 2 Clav.
  25. Variation 24 Canone all' Ottava a 1 Clav.
  26. Variation 25 a 2 Clav.
  27. Variation 26 a 2 Clav.
  28. Variation 27 Canone alla Nona
  29. Variation 28 a 2 Clav.
  30. Variation 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  31. Variation 30 a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
  32. Aria da capo
  33. Fugue in F-sharp minor, BWV 883
  34. Fugue in E Major, BWV 878


Product Details

  • Performer: Glenn Gould
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (October 27, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000028NE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Paul K. Stadden on April 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There are three people who are responsible for the "resurrection" of the Goldberg variations, at least as far as the general publicis concerned: Wanda Landoska, Rosalyn Tureck, and Glenn Gould. Without them, the Goldberg Variations certainly would not get the attention they do, and may have ended up a curiosity music students discover on budget labels by performers seeking overblown and romantic interpetations or sterile "period correct" (in other words, uninformed) performances that leave listeners yawning. Instead, thanks to those three, the Goldberg is as well know even to the casual music listener as Beethoven's Pathetique or Mozart's Rondo a la Turka are.

Now, I certainly believe that Landowska's rendition is the most well informed, and even the most revolutionary in terms of true period correctness (she was the first to record it for the harpsichord and with correct baroque ornamentation), and she had a musicality that made the listener believe they were listening to an orchestra instead of just a single keyboardist. Tureck's interpretation is so dancelike and pleasant. It sounds so free and happy, I get the image that there are dancers on the keys of her piano. She was really the one that showed that the Goldberg Variations could be performed on a piano without reverting to the overly romanticized versions that had dominated up to that time.

It was Landowska and Tureck two that allowed for what is arguably the most famous interpretation of the Goldbergs: Glenn Gould's 1955 recording.
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I love both of Glenn Gould's versions of Goldberg Variations, the first in 1955 (this one) made him famous, while the last one in 1981 was his swan song. The 1981 version definitely has the fuller modern sound and Gould goes deeper, yet 1955 is historic, the sound is still excellent, and Gould's technique is just amazing! However, this particular packaging includes more than Goldberg Variations. Two fugues from Well Tempered Clavier are added to the end. Good music definitely, but personally, I just want the Goldberg Variations with no additives. If you don't object to the extras, then by all means get this CD. But if you are like me, look for the older "Great Performances" version by CBS/Columbia. It has only Goldberg Variations, with no fugues.
If you are new to Glenn Gould, just remember that even now, twenty years after his death, his work remains controversial. Everyone agrees that he was a masterful pianist, one of the best ever, but many people just don't like his eccentric approach to Bach. They find the fast parts too fast, and slow is too slow. In the 1981 version, many object to Gould's tuneless humming in the background. Eccentric? You bet. But nobody else could even get away with it. "That nut is a genius," as Szell was once heard to quip.
Anyone who finds Gould too eccentric, or perverse, should try Angela Hewitt or Rosalyn Tureck. I love their versions of Goldberg Variations too! Rosalyn Tureck spent her entire career of about 60 years studying Bach, and recorded Goldberg Variations at least three times. All are excellent. Angela Hewitt is just masterful, and plays with sheer devotion.
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These Goldberg formally inaugurated the auspicious debut of this well famed pianist. Until that time Bach was played with such impeccable austerity and intellectuality that literally became a shock to listen a very young man -23- challenging all the musical conventionalisms and old precepts which turned around the conceptual steadiness and serious formalism at the moment to play Bach at the piano.

Gould made an incisive breakthrough and showed that the formality and the Dionysian spirit may habit together, without those bitter presumptions or austere poses.

He impregnated the Goldberg variations with Mediterranean jubilee, effusiveness and radiant greenness. And this posture influenced a whole generation in all fields.

So those Goldberg carry on its own trademark. A historical reference by all accounts.

Indispensable collection piece.
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I share Glenn Gould's own strong dislike for this set of the Goldberg Variations. Gould explains in detail his problems with this recording on the third, bonus interview disc included on A State of Wonder: The Complete Goldberg Variations (1955 & 1981).

He summed it up well in his own criticism of the seminal Variation 25 on this disc, by saying it sounds like he was playing a Chopin Nocturne. He found the 1955 performance "wears its heart on it sleeve" and has too many clever emotional cues delivered by the pianist.

I also find that the use of the sustain pedal in the 1955 gives a muddy and indistinct sound, especially in the fast runs -- Gould did not use the sustain pedal at all in the 1981, just the soft pedal. This gives more of a clipped, harpsichord-type sound that I greatly preferred (and I'm not a huge harpsichord fan in general).

But most of all, I'd just ask why get this version alone, when "A State of Wonder" has both the 1955 and 1981, and a nearly hour-long interview with Gould himself about the recordings?

I would warmly recommend that full set over this disc alone. Even if you love the 1955, you still get it in the other set -- along with some bonus 1955 outtakes not featured here. You also get the opportunity to examine the changing perspective of a brilliant artist over time. That offers a much fuller experience than the 1955 recordings alone as featured here.
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