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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
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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



Glen Gould playing the Partita No 5
Review By NG122146,November 2013

As a Canadian boy growing up in the 1950s, I often heard our teachers in school reverently refer to a young Canadian protege who had broken into the world of radio and recorded classical piano recitals at a very early age and who was invited to play in Europe with the greatest pianists. He frequently gave radio broadcasts talking about the music and also about life in the Canadian wild! Yet he was also a private and somewhat eccentric man not given to partying or glorying in the limelight.

Thus had Gould attained iconic status in Canada until his premature death at age 50 in 1982 in Toronto, Ontario, the town of his birth. His demise was the cause of national mourning as he had single handedly contributed more to classical piano and J.S. Bach than anyone else in the more....

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

…Naxos have had the even better idea of coupling the 1955 Goldberg set with a stimulating broadcast performance of the G major Partita—a favourite works of Gold’s—dating from the year before. Both transfers are first class. It is also available on Sony in surround sound.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2007

Probably no other recorded performance so dramatically polarised critical opinion than Glenn Gould's 1955 account of Bach's Goldberg Variations. The Canadian pianist was 23 at the time and had become besotted with the composer's genius in structuring music and his manipulation of contrapuntal lines that had perfect mathematical rectitude. That was to create the rhythmic exactness that places the performance as an unadorned representation of the printed page shorn of any personal involvement. Tempos were often quick, all repeats - which Gould deemed unnecessary - were omitted, the score truncated to just over 38 minutes in length. If that appears cool and calculating, no one could deny that he believed that this was the view the composer would


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