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Glenn Gould Greatest Hits
     

Glenn Gould Greatest Hits

by Glenn Gould
 
Choosing the best tracks from pianist Glenn Gould's Columbia recordings for this greatest-hits CD must have been a daunting task, considering the variety of his projects and the peculiarities of his taste. Certainly there would need to be selections taken from his legendary recordings of works by J.S. Bach, particularly from his two

Overview

Choosing the best tracks from pianist Glenn Gould's Columbia recordings for this greatest-hits CD must have been a daunting task, considering the variety of his projects and the peculiarities of his taste. Certainly there would need to be selections taken from his legendary recordings of works by J.S. Bach, particularly from his two celebrated recordings of the "Goldberg Variations" (1955 and 1981, respectively), the "Italian Concerto," the "English Suite No. 1," and the "Two-Part" and "Three-Part Inventions," but there were many other byways the eccentric Canadian pianist went down. With a repertoire that included keyboard works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Orlando Gibbons, Domenico Scarlatti, Alexander Scriabin, Jean Sibelius, and Richard Strauss, among other composers, Gould established a reputation for making eclectic choices that nonetheless suited his penetrating intellect and emotional temperament. The dates of the recordings span the years 1955 to 1982, bookending his career, so the sound substantially varies from the extremely soft levels of the first eight tracks, to the much clearer sound of the later offerings. Naturally, being a Gould album, there are several spots where his humming and extraneous noises are quite noticeable, especially at a higher-than-middle volume, so if this quirk proves distracting, then be sure to keep the volume control at the ready.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/2009
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0886974219620
catalogNumber:
742196

Tracks

  1. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria

    1. Aria  (01:52)
  2. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 1 a 1 Clav.

    1. Variation 1 a 1 Clav.  (00:45)
  3. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 2 a 1 Clav.

    1. Variation 2 a 1 Clav.  (00:37)
  4. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 3: Canone all' Unisuono a 1 Clav.

    1. Variation 3: Canone all' Unisuono a 1 Clav.  (00:54)
  5. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 4 a 1 Clav.

    1. Variation 4 a 1 Clav.  (00:29)
  6. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 5 a 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.

    1. Variation 5 a 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.  (00:37)
  7. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 6: Canone alla Seconda a 1 Clav.

    1. Variation 6: Canone alla Seconda a 1 Clav.  (00:34)
  8. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 7 a 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.

    1. Variation 7 a 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.  (01:13)
  9. Italian Concerto, for solo keyboard in F major (Clavier-Übung II/1), BWV 971 (BC L7)

    1. 1st Movement  (04:09)
    2. 2nd Movement. Andante  (05:56)
    3. 3rd Movement. Presto  (03:05)
  10. English Suite, for keyboard No. 1 in A major, BWV 806 (BC L13): 7. Sarabande

    1. 7. Sarabande  (04:11)
  11. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 1 in C major, BWV 772 (BC L42)  (01:34)
  12. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 1 in C major, BWV 787 (BC L42)  (00:47)
  13. Lord Salisbury's pavan and galliard, for keyboard, MB18/19  (05:53)
  14. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 13 (L. 486)  (02:22)
  15. Ballade for piano in B major, Op. 10/4: Andante con moto

    1. Andante con moto  (09:43)
  16. Kyllikki, lyric pieces (3) for piano, Op. 41: 2. Andantino

    1. 2. Andantino  (06:13)
  17. Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2/2: 4. Rondo: Grazioso

    1. 4. Rondo: Grazioso  (07:44)
  18. Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2/2: 4. Rondo: Grazioso

    1. 4. Rondo: Grazioso  (02:30)
  19. Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 5 (TrV 103): 2. Adagio cantabile

    1. 2. Adagio cantabile  (06:45)
  20. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria da capo

    1. Aria da capo  (03:45)

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