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Bach: The Goldberg Variations 1955 Performance - Zenph Re-performance Hybrid SACD - DSD

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BACH:GOLDBERG VARIATIONS 1955 PERFORM

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'Unisono
  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 a 1 Clav. Overture
  18. Variation 17 a 2 Clav.
  19. Variation 18 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Sesta
  20. Variation 19 a 1 Clav.
  21. Variation 20 a 2 Clav.
  22. Variation 21 Canone alla Settima
  23. Variation 22 a 1 Clav. Alla breve
  24. Variation 23 a 2 Clav.
  25. Variation 24 a 1 Clav. Canone all' Ottava
  26. Variation 25 a 2 Clav.
  27. Variation 26 a 2 Clav.
  28. Variation 27 a 2 Clav. 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. Aria
  34. Variation 1 a 1 Clav.
  35. Variation 2 a 1 Clav.
  36. Variation 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all'Unisono
  37. Variation 4 a 1 Clav.
  38. Variation 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  39. Variation 6 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda
  40. Variation 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  41. Variation 8 a 2 Clav.
  42. Variation 9 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza
  43. Variation 10 a 1 Clav. Fughetta
  44. Variation 11 a 2 Clav.
  45. Variation 12 Canone alla Quarta
  46. Variation 13 a 2 Clav.
  47. Variation 14 a 2 Clav.
  48. Variation 15 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta. Andante
  49. Variation 16 a 1 Clav. Overture
  50. Variation 17 a 2 Clav.
  51. Variation 18 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Sesta
  52. Variation 19 a 1 Clav.
  53. Variation 20 a 2 Clav.
  54. Variation 21 Canone alla Settima
  55. Variation 22 a 1 Clav. Alla breve
  56. Variation 23 a 2 Clav.
  57. Variation 24 a 1 Clav. Canone all' Ottava
  58. Variation 25 a 2 Clav.
  59. Variation 26 a 2 Clav.
  60. Variation 27 a 2 Clav. Canone alla Nona
  61. Variation 28 a 2 Clav.
  62. Variation 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  63. Variation 30 a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
  64. Aria da capo
  65. Aria
  66. Variation 1 a 1 Clav.
  67. Variation 2 a 1 Clav.
  68. Variation 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all' Unisono
  69. Variation 4 a 1 Clav.
  70. Variation 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  71. Variation 6 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda
  72. Variation 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  73. Variation 8 a 2 Clav.
  74. Variation 9 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza
  75. Variation 10 a 1 Clav. Fughetta
  76. Variation 11 a 2 Clav.
  77. Variation 12 Canone alla Quarta
  78. Variation 13 a 2 Clav.
  79. Variation 14 a 2 Clav.
  80. Variation 15 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta. Andante
  81. Variation 16 a 1 Clav. Overture
  82. Variation 17 a 2 Clav.
  83. Variation 18 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Sesta
  84. Variation 19 a 1 Clav.
  85. Variation 20 a 2 Clav.
  86. Variation 21 Canone alla Settima
  87. Variation 22 a 1 Clav. Alla breve
  88. Variation 23 a 2 Clav.
  89. Variation 24 a 1 Clav. Canone all' Ottava
  90. Variation 25 a 2 Clav.
  91. Variation 26 a 2 Clav.
  92. Variation 27 a 2 Clav. Canone alla Nona
  93. Variation 28 a 2 Clav.
  94. Variation 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  95. Variation 30 a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
  96. Aria da capo
  97. Aria
  98. Variation 1 a 1 Clav.
  99. Variation 2 a 1 Clav.
  100. Variation 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all'Unisono
  101. Variation 4 a 1 Clav.
  102. Variation 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  103. Variation 6 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda
  104. Variation 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  105. Variation 8 a 2 Clav.
  106. Variation 9 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza
  107. Variation 10 a 1 Clav. Fughetta
  108. Variation 11 a 2 Clav.
  109. Variation 12 Canone alla Quarta
  110. Variation 13 a 2 Clav.
  111. Variation 14 a 2 Clav.
  112. Variation 15 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta. Andante
  113. Variation 16 a 1 Clav. Overture
  114. Variation 17 a 2 Clav.
  115. Variation 18 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Sesta
  116. Variation 19 a 1 Clav.
  117. Variation 20 a 2 Clav.
  118. Variation 21 Canone alla Settima
  119. Variation 22 a 1 Clav. Alla breve
  120. Variation 23 a 2 Clav.
  121. Variation 24 a 1 Clav. Canone all' Ottava
  122. Variation 25 a 2 Clav.
  123. Variation 26 a 2 Clav.
  124. Variation 27 a 2 Clav. Canone alla Nona
  125. Variation 28 a 2 Clav.
  126. Variation 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  127. Variation 30 a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
  128. Aria da capo
  129. Aria
  130. Variation 1 a 1 Clav.
  131. Variation 2 a 1 Clav.
  132. Variation 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all'Unisono
  133. Variation 4 a 1 Clav.
  134. Variation 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  135. Variation 6 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda
  136. Variation 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  137. Variation 8 a 2 Clav.
  138. Variation 9 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza
  139. Variation 10 a 1 Clav. Fughetta
  140. Variation 11 a 2 Clav.
  141. Variation 12 Canone alla Quarta
  142. Variation 13 a 2 Clav.
  143. Variation 14 a 2 Clav.
  144. Variation 15 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta. Andante
  145. Variation 16 a 1 Clav. Overture
  146. Variation 17 a 2 Clav.
  147. Variation 18 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Sesta
  148. Variation 19 a 1 Clav.
  149. Variation 20 a 2 Clav.
  150. Variation 21 Canone alla Settima
  151. Variation 22 a 1 Clav. Alla breve
  152. Variation 23 a 2 Clav.
  153. Variation 24 a 1 Clav. Canone all' Ottava
  154. Variation 25 a 2 Clav.
  155. Variation 26 a 2 Clav.
  156. Variation 27 a 2 Clav. Canone alla Nona
  157. Variation 28 a 2 Clav.
  158. Variation 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  159. Variation 30 a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
  160. Aria da capo


Product Details

  • Performer: Glenn Gould
  • Composer: Bach
  • Audio CD (May 29, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • ASIN: B000LE0THE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John A. Gatchalian on August 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Hi, I am a pianist and piano music fan, and when I read about the new Glenn Gould CD, I felt that I couldn't pass on this one. When I received it in the mail, I opened it and listened to it. The performance sounded wonderful on my headphones. I especially loved the headphone version on tracks 33 through 64, and it made me feel like I was Gould himself behind the piano without his humming or creaky chair in the background. Then I decided to compare this Zenph version to the original 1955 version, but they didn't quite sound the same. The left hand sounded a little too quiet, and the fast and loud variations like 12 and 28 didn't sound aggressive enough. So I did more research on the internet and found out that the original was compressed a bit and in mono. So I decided to compress the Zenph recording on my computer and convert it to mono. I used the headphone version from tracks 33 onwards because it had less reverberation than the first 32 tracks. That way, I could clearly hear any differences in the two recordings. After compressing and downmixing to mono, the new Zenph version matched the original exactly except for slightly more reverberation. The left hand volume increased a bit, and the faster variations sounded more aggressive. So I concluded that this was really how Gould played it in 1955 if the compression was stripped altogether and if the room had more echo.
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I have lived with this historic recording through all its manisfistations - mono, enhanced mono, remix, digital remix and now Zenph rerecord. The reuslts are just incredible on this new release and Gould himself would have been the first to applaud.

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.
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I grew up listening to this recording, in it's original form, and frankly I wish I could be more critical. I could cite all sorts of references concerning the type of piano and the microphone placement etc... It would make me seem more credible. I could also state the obvious and say that Glenn Gould is not present in this recording. That might make me look even better. The truth is that I find this version of Gould's recorded performance interesting and of value. Not because it somehow replaces the "original" but because it lends, by it's clarity, additional insight into the man's genius without the distractions of a 1950's era recording.

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?
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What a spectacular progress in technology. Gould himself would have been much interested in this. It is rightful that Gould, and his Goldberg variation (1955) was chosen as the first project by Zenph. Question remains in whether he would have approved the release or not. In this recording, the definition of each tone is not sharp enough to represent Gould's persistence on precision. If Gould had known that this will come out with this timbre, not with the hard monoral, would he have played according to the same interpretation? On the other hand, one could simply enjoy this as one new version of his Goldberg. It might not have been as apparent if the same technology was applied on pieces like Chopin. In this regard, performance by Cortot (there is a rumor that Zenph is working on Cortot after Gould) might be juicy. In any case, this is definitely a unique achievement that provokes an argument on "the separation of composer, performer, and the audience" that Gould had intended in his time, as well as expectations for further technological advances. Worth a try.

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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I was skeptical about this enterprise. Why? Wasn't the original enough? In a sense, it was. I consider this a variation on that theme. I think Mr. Gould would have been intrigued himself. The sound on the instrument is wonderful, if not superior to the original mono. The technique is there. The vocalizations aren't(!). A binaural version for headphones is included.

Recommended!
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