Bach: The Goldberg Variations

Glenn Gould - Bach: The Goldberg Variations
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1956 Ratings: #4 / 5
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Based on 52 ratings
1956 Ratings: #2
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1956 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Classical / Genres
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I can imagine myself cooking food to this. In all seriousness, Glenn Gould snapped on this.
I never thought I would enjoy a full album in this baroque, piano-only style as much as I ended up enjoying Glenn Gould's performances of Bach's 'Goldberg Variations' but the fact that i thought this was great is a testament to just how brilliant and full of life these performances are.
Legendary pianist Glenn Gould’s first album in 1956 saw him interpret Johann Sebastian Bach‘s Goldberg Variations. Bach: The Goldberg Variations is a mostly upbeat and just really enjoyable classical record. What is done here isn’t necessarily revolutionary or anything, but there is definitely not any missteps and everything here is still quite remarkable for classical music. Bach: The Goldberg Variations is undoubtedly one of the best classical albums of the 20th century and ... read more
Yeah, this is the fattest collection of slappers from the Baroque era and I personally prefer the faster tempo and less breathy nature of this particular recording session. Pinnacle of sound waves right here baby.
Two virtuosic performances of a Bach composition by the eccentric Canadian pianist brought Baroque music into the modern era. Together, they explore how art and taste evolve through time.

The press release began: “Columbia Masterworks’ recording director and his engineering colleagues are sympathetic veterans who accept as perfectly natural all artists’ studio rituals, foibles, or fancies. But even these hardy souls were surprised by the arrival of young Canadian pianist ... read more
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Added on: March 26, 2017