Johann Sebastian Bach - Glenn Gould - The Goldberg Variations 1955 Recording (LP)

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Classical, Baroque
Artist: Johann Sebastian Bach
Album: Glenn Gould - The Goldberg Variations 1955 Recording
Released: Europe, 2014


A1Variation 1 a 1 Clav.
A2Variation 2 A 1 Clav.
A3Variation 3 A 1 Clav. Canone All'Unisuono
A4Variation 4 A 1 Clav.
A5Variation 5 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
A6Variation 6 A 1 Clav. Canone Alla Seconda
A7Variation 7 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
A8Variation 8 A 2 Clav.
A9Variation 9 A 1 Clav. Canone Alla Terza
A10Variation 10 A 1 Clav. Fughetta
A11Variation 11 A 2 Clav.
A12Variation 12 Canone Alla Quarta
A13Variation 13 A 2 Clav.
A14Variation 14 A 2 Clav.
A15Variation 15 A 1 Clav. Canone Alla Quinta. Andante
B1Variation 16 Ouverture A 1 Clav.
B2Variation 17 A 2 Clav.
B3Variation 18 Canone Alla Sesta A 1 Clav.
B4Variation 19 A 1 Clav.
B5Variation 20 A 2 Clav.
B6Variation 21 Canone Alla Settima
B7Variation 22 Alla Breve A 1 Clav.
B8Variation 23 A 2 Clav.
B9Variation 24 Canone All'Ottava A 1 Clav.
B10Variation 25 A 2 Clav.
B11Variation 26 A 2 Clav.
B12Variation 27 Canone Alla Nova
B13Variation 28 A 2 Clav.
B14Variation 29 A 1 Avvero 2 Clav.
B15Variation 30 A 1 Clav. Quodlibet
B16Aria Da Capo

"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. In 1981, a year before his death, Gould made a new recording of the Goldberg Variations, sales of which exceeded two million by 2000. At the time of the first album's release, Bach's Goldberg Variations—a set of 30 contrapuntal variations beginning and ending with an aria—were 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 at times when played on a piano (these passages would be played on two manuals on a harpsichord). 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." - Wikipedia

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