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Title:
A state of wonder the complete Goldberg variations 1955 & 1981
Author:
Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750.
Uniform Title:
Goldberg-Variationen
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Sony Classical/Legacy, [2002]

â„—2002
Physical Description:
3 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Sony Classical/Legacy: S3K 87703 (87704--87705, 87775).

Originally released 1956 as ML 5060 (1955 recording) and 1982 as MK 37779 (1981 recording).

Compact discs.

Program notes by Tim Page and Glenn Gould (23 p. : ill.) bound in container.
Language:
English
Contents:
Goldberg variations : BWV 988 (1955 recording) (38:26) -- Goldberg variations : BWV 988 (1981 recording) (51:14) -- Bonus disc: Glenn Gould discusses his performances of The Goldberg variations with Tim Page (50:47) ; Studio outtakes from the 1955 Goldberg variations recording session (12:32).
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UPC:
696998770324
Format :
Music CD

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Summary

Summary

The career of the singular and idiosyncratic pianist Glenn Gould is probably best defined by his two recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations. The first, his major-label debut recorded in 1955, was Gould's breakthrough. A brashly virtuosic performance, it blew the doors off the established notions of playing Bach and catapulted the pianist into superstardom. The second, recorded shortly before his death in 1982, finds a more deliberate Gould giving a poised, introspective reading of the work that brilliantly articulates its emotional intensity. A STATE OF WONDER offers these legendary recordings in remastered versions along with a third disc of outtakes from the 1955 sessions and Gould's carefully scripted final radio "interview." The side-by-side comparison afforded by this excellent package makes for a fascinating listening experience. The two versions are vastly different but both bear the unmistakable stamp of the iconoclastic pianist's characteristic clarity, precision, and dedication. Each could easily be considered a quintessential performance. The remastering is of particular value to the later recording, rescuing it from the unfavorable sound quality of primitive digital technology. This elegantly produced set is a fitting tribute to a remarkable and individualistic artist. It deserves a place on any music lover's shelf.