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BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations / Partita No. 5 (Gould) (1954-55)

Composer(s)Bach, Johann Sebastian
Artist(s) Gould, Glenn, piano
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.111247
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

The Canadian pianist Glenn Gould burst onto the world’s musical stage in January 1955 when he made his United States recital début in Washington D.C. with Bach’s Goldberg Variations. His 1955 recording of the work is one of the most important and influential piano discs of the second half of the twentieth century, leading not only to a wider appreciation of Bach’s keyboard works by the general public but to a fundamental re-appraisal of how Bach should be played.When the recording was released the American Record Guide headed its review with ‘The Record Début of Glenn Gould a Keyboard Genius.’ With its great attention to clarity and detail, little use of the sustaining pedal, and sometimes rapid or


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Work/Track Title Time
BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations / Partita No. 5 (Gould) (1954-55) 51:47   
  Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829          
      I. Praeambulum 2:09       
      II. Allemande 2:40       
      III. Courante 1:06       
      IV. Sarabande 3:06       
      V. Menuet 1:27       
      VI. Passepied 1:09       
      VII. Gigue 1:43       
  Goldberg Variations, BWV 988          
      Aria 2:01       
      Variation 1. a 1 Clav. 0:45       
      Variation 2. a 1 Clav. 0:37       
      Variation 3. a 1 Clav. Canone all'Unisuono 0:55       
      Variation 4. a 1 Clav. 0:29       
      Variation 5. a 1 o vero 2 Clav. 0:37       
      Variation 6. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda 0:34       
      Variation 7. a 1 o vero 2 Clav. 1:09       
      Variation 8. a 2 Clav. 0:45       
      Variation 9. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza 0:38       
      Variation 10. a 1 Clav. Fugetta 0:42       
      Variation 11. a 2 Clav. 0:54       
      Variation 12. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quarta 0:56       
      Variation 13. a 2 Clav. 2:10       
      Variation 14. a 2 Clav. 0:58       
      Variation 15. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta 2:16       
      Variation 16. a 1 o vero 2 Clav. 1:18       
      Variation 17. a 2 Clav. 0:53       
      Variation 18. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Sesta 0:46       
      Variation 19. a 1 Clav. 0:42       
      Variation 20. a 2 Clav. 0:48       
      Variation 21. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Settima 1:42       
      Variation 22. a 1 Clav. 0:42       
      Variation 23. a 1 Clav. 0:54       
      Variation 24. a 1 Clav. Canone all'Ottava 0:57       
      Variation 25. a 1 Clav. Adagio 6:28       
      Variation 26. a 1 Clav. 0:52       
      Variation 27. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Nona 0:49       
      Variation 28. a 1 Clav. 1:10       
      Variation 29. a 1 o vero 2 Clav. 1:00       
      Variation 30. a 1 Clav. Quodlibet 0:48       
      Aria 2:12       
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