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A State of Wonder: The Complete Goldberg Variations (1955 & 1981)

A State of Wonder: The Complete Goldberg Variations (1955 & 1981)

by Glenn GouldGlenn Gould


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In 1955, Columbia Records released a recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations that introduced the musical world to Glenn Gould. The young Canadian pianist's joyous, quicksilver interpretation not only influenced subsequent generations of musicians, it also entirely altered Bach's public image. Some 25 years later, after retreating from concert life to devote his energy almost completely to recordings, Gould returned to Bach's great set of variations for what turned out to be one of his final discs. The two versions could hardly be more different; the intervening years brought a greater sense of the music's Apollonian serenity, seeming at once cooler yet somehow more emotionally engaging -- a beautiful Bachian paradox. The only flaw: lackluster sound, due to the limits of early digital technology. To celebrate what would have been Gould's 70th birthday in September, 2002, Sony Classical has packaged these two recordings together, along with studio outtakes from the 1955 sessions and a 1981 interview in which Gould discusses how his vision of the variations changed and why he felt compelled to record them a second time. As an added bonus, this time around the sound has been greatly improved, thanks to expert remastering by Sony's engineers. There is no finer introduction to Gould's art, or more touching tribute to his memory.

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Release Date: 09/03/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998770324
catalogNumber: 87703
Rank: 37623


  1. Goldberg Variations for keyboard, BWV 988 (1955 recording)
  2. Goldberg Variations for keyboard, BWV 988 (1981 recording)
  3. Glenn Gould discusses his performances of the Goldberg Variations with Tim Page (Interview)
  4. Studio Outtakes from the 1955 Goldberg Variations Recording Session

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