Bach: The Goldberg Variations is the 1955 debut album of Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould. An interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988), the work launched Gould's career as a renowned international pianist, and became one of the most well-known piano recordings. Sales were "astonishing" for a classical album: it was reported to have sold 40,000 copies by 1960, and had sold more than 100,000 by the time of Gould's death in 1982.
While Glenn Gould's 1955 debut recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations has attained legendary status, there are many devoted fans who rank the 1981 recording just as highly, even though it offers a dramatically different interpretation.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988. A. Aria & Variations 1-15. B. Variations 16-30 & Aria.
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With his 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the young pianist made a compelling case for a work that, at the time, was considered an obscure keyboard composition by an otherwise imposing master of Baroque music. Gould made his counter-argument for the piece’s rightful prominence by taking wild liberties with the source. In addition to playing the work on a piano instead of on the 18th-century era-appropriate harpsichord, Gould rushed tempos and varied his attack with aggression. His body flailed up and down his creaky chair, displaying melodramatic physical gestures-the very cliche.
Album · 1981 · 32 Songs. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 3 à 1 Clav. 5. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 4 à 1 Clav. 6. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 5 à 1 ovvero 2 Clav. 7. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 6 à 1 Clav. 8. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 7 à 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (1955 mono recording). Glenn Gould discusses his performances of the Goldberg Variations with Tim Page. The Glenn Gould Remastered – The Complete Album Collection box set. Follow on Twitter.
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