Glenn Gould - State of Wonder: the Complete Goldberg Variations / 2CD set

2020 CD collection

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Glenn Gould's recording debut in 1955 of Bach's Goldberg Variations took the world by storm. His decidedly un-Romantic view, absolute technical skill, startling lucidity, and right-on rhythmic changes, combined with his eccentricities-audible humming, sometimes outrageously fast tempi-made him an instantly legendary pianist and elucidated Bach's music in a whole new way.

Gould's final recording, 26 years later, was also of the Goldbergs. It's a more relaxed, sometimes much slower, more inward reading (although still very much his own, complete with oddly ferocious attacks and accents), in which he offers repeats of the first half of 15 of the Variations. Both performances are glorious, each in it's own way, and this luxurious new set is entertaining, a joy to hear, and revelatory; it belongs in any music lover's collection.


SKU 19439753982
Barcode # 19439753982
Brand Sony Classical

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