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Bach: The Goldberg Variations 1955 Performance - Zenph Re-performance Hybrid SACD - DSD
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These grumpy people stuck in the past are pains -- they are the same people who screamed when vinyl lp disappeared, still pine away for Milinov and the good old days.
Give yourself a thrill and listen to this disc with headphones - especially the one that simulates Gould's actual left hand- right hand playing - that alone is worht the price of the cd.
I've been a performing musician for over thirty years (not a pianist and not a stereo enthusiast). To me, all recorded music, regardless of technique, is reproduction. This new technique does not in any way reproduce what a live performance by Gould would have been. But neither does anything else. A live performance is with a real musician on a real instrument in a real concert hall, before a real audience. Anything else is just another reproduction. So as a reproduction, this CD is wonderful. To judge it harshly because it lacks Gould's "presents" is not honest in that he is hardly "present" in any of the other recordings and to compare it to memories of a live performance would be equally unfair. Also unfair, and disrepectful, are the claims that this is in someway a "re-performance". It is not, in the same way as a stereo recording is not. Gould was not at the piano when this was "performed" live. Those who saw this performance did not see a performance by Gould, the simply saw a demonstration of the latest technology of music reproduction.
This recording brings up some disturbing questions: What is it that constitutes a musician's soul?Read more ›
In addition, could somebody reproduce his hum along with the piano performance? Stand-alone performance without the sign of Gould's presence is rather eerie.
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For years I thought the Goldberg Variations were something Mrs. Goldberg agreed to on Saturday nights. I was wrong.Published 9 months ago by R. Lon Hubbard
I was sceptical and perfectly prepared to be disappointed in this Frankenstein's Creature of a recording, made possible by advanced technology and elegantly explained in layman's... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ralph Moore
Wow, very exciting, if for nothing else than to have this playing without the exasperating vocalizations Gould claimed he could never control. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tim Brain
I come at this release from the perspective of never having heard Gould's 1955 original recording. I am quite familiar with his later 1981 recording however. Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by Paul Randall
Glenn Gould's exciting and career-starting 1955 recording of JS Bach's Goldberg Variations currently exists in several versions. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by jt52
Gould recorded the Goldberg Variations twice. Both performances are nonstandard readings, and both are incredibly, unmissably musical. Gould playing Bach is as good as it gets.Published on January 17, 2014 by Lee Lipman