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Sony Classical / Columbia

Glenn Gould - Bach: The Goldberg Variations 1955

$48.00

Sony Classical / Columbia

Glenn Gould - Bach: The Goldberg Variations 1955

$48.00

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A TAV Essential Listening Album.

The birth of a legend: Gould’s first recording for Columbia from 1955, is still considered one of the ten most significant and successful classical recordings of all time.

  • Now for the first time on 180g audiophile vinyl.
  • Transferred from the original mono analog master tapes.
  • High quality pressing, giving a true sense of the original.

Bach: The Goldberg Variations is the 1955 debut album of the 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

At the time of the album's release, Bach's Goldberg Variations—a set of 30 contrapuntal variations beginning and ending with an aria—was outside the standard piano repertoire, having been recorded on the instrument only a few times before, either on small labels or unreleased. The work was considered esoteric. and technically demanding, requiring awkward hand crossing in various places when played on a piano. Gould's album both established the Goldberg Variations within the contemporary classical repertoire and made him an internationally famous pianist nearly "overnight". First played in concert by Gould in 1954, the composition was a staple of Gould's performances in the years following the recording.

The recordings were made in 1955 at Columbia Records 30th Street studio in Manhattan over four days between June 10 and June 16, a few weeks after Gould signed his contract. Columbia Masterworks Records, the company's classical music division, released the album in January 1956. Bach: The Goldberg Variations became Columbia's bestselling classical album and earned Gould an international reputation. The record is now in the catalog of Sony Classical Records.

The album gained attention for Gould's unique pianistic method, which incorporated a finger technique involving great clarity of articulation (a "detached staccatissimo"), even at great speed, and little sustaining pedal. Gould's piano teacher, Alberto Guerrero, had encouraged Gould to practice "finger tapping", which required very slowly tapping the fingers of the playing hand with the free hand. According to Guerrero, tapping taught the pianist an economy of muscle movement that would enable precision at high speeds. Gould "tapped" each Goldberg variation before recording it, which took about 32 hours.

Gould wrote the liner notes to the recording. Concluding his back-cover essay on the Goldberg Variations, he wrote: "It is, in short, music which observes neither end nor beginning, music with neither real climax nor real resolution, music which, like Baudelaire's lovers, 'rests lightly on the wings of the unchecked wind.' It has, then, unity through intuitive perception, unity born of craft and scrutiny, mellowed by mastery achieved, and revealed to us here, as so rarely in art, in the vision of subconscious design exulting upon a pinnacle of potency." - Wiki

 

 

Item description:        

Artist:

Glenn Gould / Bach

Title:

The Goldberg Variations 1955

Label:

Sony Classical / Columbia

Format:

Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Mono, Gatefold, 180 gram

Pressing:

Europe

Release Date:

2015

Genre:

Classical

Style:

Baroque

Catalog No:

Sony Classical ‎– 88875091041, Columbia ‎– ML 5060

Condition:

New