What accolade can one heap on Glenn Gould's interpretation of Bach's keyboard music that hasn't already been said? Better yet, watch him play it on YouTube - one of my favorites is his performance of the Bach Concerto No. 1 played in 1957 with the Ottawa Philharmonic.
There is one disc in this set which HPL considers to be "Disc 2", but my media player recognizes as "Disc 3" which is bonus material, and not at all what I was hoping for, which was the actual 1981 performance of the Goldberg Variations. So that's disappointing. I will report it so when I return it, but don't be surprised if it continues to circulate misidentified.
EDIT: There are two versions of "Disc 2" circulating, and both of them are the Bonus disc of interviews. If you look under "Full Record" it suggests that disc 2 is
"Disc 2: Goldberg variations : BWV 988 (1981 recording) (51:14) -- Bonus" But this does not appear to be the case at all, the 1981 recording is nowhere to be found on this disc, which my media player once again recognizes to be "disc 3", and which even says "Bonus disc" on the disc itself. I will request disc 1, in the hopes that it has the 1981 recording in addition to the 1955 that it is supposed to have.
EDIT #2: "Disc 1" in the HPL system is actually disc 1 and 2 of this release... so if you want either the 1955 or the 1981 release, Disc 1 is the one that you want.
This is an utterly amazing album. The music is glorious and it is interpreted by first a young man that brought Bach back into the limelight. The second CD is another look at the same piece by a mature artist who's studied this piece for years.
It's a 'must listen to' for anyone interested in classical music and indeed interested in how music today is the way it is. Without Bach, there would have been no Beatles.
luminous and unforgettable!
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