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The Goldberg Variations: The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955

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The Goldberg Variations: The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955 Review

by Blair Sanderson

Glenn Gould's historic 1955 recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations is one of the most famous recordings of the 20th century, and it has held a nearly mystical power over fans that has only added to its legend. Yet as devoted as many of Gould's followers are to his debut Columbia recording, the majority would probably be satisfied with the standard release, either on LP or CD, and not feel any need for a complete box set accounting for all the sessions, take by take. This eight-CD package documents Gould's recording sessions over the course of four days, and the detailed coverage on five discs, amounting to 283 takes, is an obsessive's dream. Analysts will pore over the details of Gould's innovative interpretation, as well as the myriad starts and stops in the recording process, looking for clues to the pianist's thinking. Also included on the sixth CD are discussions between Gould and interviewer Tim Page that look back at the 1955 sessions from the vantage point of 1981, after Gould had re-recorded the work in the digital format. To conclude, the finished recording appears on the seventh and eighth discs, so collectors who already own the original release or one of its many reissues will have to accept the duplication. Gould's inspired approach to interpreting Bach revived interest in the Goldberg Variations and made him a star in the process, so this tribute to his work commands respect, even if it may appeal only to a dedicated group of listeners.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Complete 1955 Goldberg Variations
1 Glenn Gould 02:34 Amazon
2 Glenn Gould 02:13 Amazon
3 Glenn Gould 02:27 Amazon
4 Glenn Gould 02:20 Amazon
5 Glenn Gould 02:21 Amazon
6 Glenn Gould 02:17 Amazon
7 Glenn Gould 01:05 Amazon
8 Glenn Gould 00:39 Amazon
9 Glenn Gould 00:53 Amazon
10 Glenn Gould 00:28 Amazon
11 Glenn Gould 00:16 Amazon
12 Glenn Gould 00:21 Amazon
13 Glenn Gould 00:28 Amazon
14 Glenn Gould 00:35 Amazon
15 Glenn Gould 00:25 Amazon
16 Glenn Gould 00:51 Amazon
17 Glenn Gould 00:49 Amazon
18 Glenn Gould 00:23 Amazon
19 Glenn Gould 00:45 Amazon
20 Glenn Gould 00:49 Amazon
21 Glenn Gould 00:52 Amazon
22 Glenn Gould 00:56 Amazon
23 Glenn Gould 00:48 Amazon
24 Glenn Gould 00:07 Amazon
25 Glenn Gould 00:42 Amazon
26 Glenn Gould 01:30 Amazon
27 Glenn Gould 00:41 Amazon
28 Glenn Gould 00:41 Amazon
29 Glenn Gould 00:56 Amazon
30 Glenn Gould 01:16 Amazon
31 Glenn Gould 00:23 Amazon
32 Glenn Gould 00:39 Amazon
33 Glenn Gould 00:37 Amazon
34 Glenn Gould 00:58 Amazon
35 Glenn Gould 00:47 Amazon
36 Glenn Gould 00:10 Amazon
37 Glenn Gould 00:18 Amazon
38 Glenn Gould 00:44 Amazon
39 Glenn Gould 00:34 Amazon
40 Glenn Gould 00:45 Amazon
41 Glenn Gould 00:45 Amazon
42 Glenn Gould 01:36 Amazon
43 Glenn Gould 00:12 Amazon
44 Glenn Gould 01:29 Amazon
45 Glenn Gould 01:16 Amazon
46 Glenn Gould 00:10 Amazon
47 Glenn Gould 00:10 Amazon
48 Glenn Gould 00:29 Amazon
49 Glenn Gould 00:51 Amazon
50 Glenn Gould 00:38 Amazon
51 Glenn Gould 00:42 Amazon
52 Glenn Gould 00:42 Amazon
53 Glenn Gould 00:06 Amazon
54 Glenn Gould 00:32 Amazon
55 Glenn Gould 00:53 Amazon
56 Glenn Gould 00:09 Amazon
57 Glenn Gould 00:34 Amazon
58 Glenn Gould 00:32 Amazon
59 Glenn Gould 00:34 Amazon
60 Glenn Gould 00:48 Amazon
61 Glenn Gould 00:37 Amazon
62 Glenn Gould 00:47 Amazon
63 Glenn Gould 00:24 Amazon
64 Glenn Gould 00:44 Amazon
65 Glenn Gould 01:17 Amazon
66 Glenn Gould 00:33 Amazon
67 Glenn Gould 00:46 Amazon
68 Glenn Gould 00:41 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Complete 1955 Goldberg Variations
1 Glenn Gould 01:15 Amazon
2 Glenn Gould 01:30 Amazon
3 Glenn Gould 01:04 Amazon
4 Glenn Gould 01:04 Amazon
5 Glenn Gould 00:20 Amazon
6 Glenn Gould 00:38 Amazon
7 Glenn Gould 00:38 Amazon
8 Glenn Gould 00:14 Amazon
9 Glenn Gould 00:26 Amazon
10 Glenn Gould 00:54 Amazon
11 Glenn Gould 00:25 Amazon
12 Glenn Gould 00:44 Amazon
13 Glenn Gould 00:51 Amazon
14 Glenn Gould 00:48 Amazon
15 Glenn Gould 00:39 Amazon
16 Glenn Gould 00:44 Amazon
17 Glenn Gould 00:51 Amazon
18 Glenn Gould 00:12 Amazon
19 Glenn Gould 01:34 Amazon
20 Glenn Gould 00:41 Amazon
21 Glenn Gould 00:45 Amazon
22 Glenn Gould 00:12 Amazon
23 Glenn Gould 02:24 Amazon
24 Glenn Gould 01:43 Amazon
25 Glenn Gould 01:20 Amazon
26 Glenn Gould 01:12 Amazon
27 Glenn Gould 00:42 Amazon
28 Glenn Gould 01:11 Amazon
29 Glenn Gould 01:16 Amazon
30 Glenn Gould 00:41 Amazon
31 Glenn Gould 01:09 Amazon
32 Glenn Gould 01:07 Amazon
33 Glenn Gould 00:06 Amazon
34 Glenn Gould 00:44 Amazon
35 Glenn Gould 01:00 Amazon
36 Glenn Gould 00:52 Amazon
37 Glenn Gould 00:48 Amazon
38 Glenn Gould 01:04 Amazon
39 Glenn Gould 01:14 Amazon
40 Glenn Gould 00:38 Amazon
41 Glenn Gould 00:51 Amazon
42 Glenn Gould 00:43 Amazon
43 Glenn Gould 01:23 Amazon
44 Glenn Gould 00:57 Amazon
45 Glenn Gould 01:11 Amazon
46 Glenn Gould 01:18 Amazon
47 Glenn Gould 00:25 Amazon
48 Glenn Gould 00:56 Amazon
49 Glenn Gould 00:51 Amazon
50 Glenn Gould 01:46 Amazon
51 Glenn Gould 01:02 Amazon
52 Glenn Gould 00:12 Amazon
53 Glenn Gould 00:37 Amazon
54 Glenn Gould 00:06 Amazon
55 Glenn Gould 00:25 Amazon
56 Glenn Gould 00:58 Amazon
57 Glenn Gould 00:30 Amazon
58 Glenn Gould 00:05 Amazon
59 Glenn Gould 01:06 Amazon
60 Glenn Gould 01:00 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Complete 1955 Goldberg Variations
1 Glenn Gould 01:10 Amazon
2 Glenn Gould 00:08 Amazon
3 Glenn Gould 00:57 Amazon
4 Glenn Gould 00:37 Amazon
5 Glenn Gould 00:28 Amazon
6 Glenn Gould 00:16 Amazon
7 Glenn Gould 01:06 Amazon
8 Glenn Gould 00:10 Amazon
9 Glenn Gould 00:38 Amazon
10 Glenn Gould 00:42 Amazon
11 Glenn Gould 01:05 Amazon
12 Glenn Gould 01:33 Amazon
13 Glenn Gould 01:24 Amazon
14 Glenn Gould 00:55 Amazon
15 Glenn Gould 01:10 Amazon
16 Glenn Gould 00:31 Amazon
17 Glenn Gould 01:03 Amazon
18 Glenn Gould 01:04 Amazon
19 Glenn Gould 01:06 Amazon
20 Glenn Gould 02:18 Amazon
21 Glenn Gould 02:43 Amazon
22 Glenn Gould 02:26 Amazon
23 Glenn Gould 01:27 Amazon
24 Glenn Gould 02:14 Amazon
25 Glenn Gould 01:23 Amazon
26 Glenn Gould 01:06 Amazon
27 Glenn Gould 02:30 Amazon
28 Glenn Gould 02:46 Amazon
29 Glenn Gould 01:01 Amazon
30 Glenn Gould 02:24 Amazon
31 Glenn Gould 02:21 Amazon
32 Glenn Gould 01:00 Amazon
33 Glenn Gould 01:23 Amazon
34 Glenn Gould 01:22 Amazon
35 Glenn Gould 00:38 Amazon
36 Glenn Gould 00:52 Amazon
37 Glenn Gould 00:27 Amazon
38 Glenn Gould 00:18 Amazon
39 Glenn Gould 01:03 Amazon
40 Glenn Gould 00:53 Amazon
41 Glenn Gould 01:13 Amazon
42 Glenn Gould 00:32 Amazon
43 Glenn Gould 00:52 Amazon
44 Glenn Gould 00:15 Amazon
45 Glenn Gould 00:37 Amazon
46 Glenn Gould 00:34 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Complete 1955 Goldberg Variations
1 Glenn Gould 00:52 Amazon
2 Glenn Gould 00:11 Amazon
3 Glenn Gould 00:45 Amazon
4 Glenn Gould 01:06 Amazon
5 Glenn Gould 00:50 Amazon
6 Glenn Gould 00:49 Amazon
7 Glenn Gould 00:58 Amazon
8 Glenn Gould 00:50 Amazon
9 Glenn Gould 00:54 Amazon
10 Glenn Gould 00:47 Amazon
11 Glenn Gould 00:56 Amazon
12 Glenn Gould 00:52 Amazon
13 Glenn Gould 01:08 Amazon
14 Glenn Gould 00:14 Amazon
15 Glenn Gould 00:58 Amazon
16 Glenn Gould 00:53 Amazon
17 Glenn Gould 00:33 Amazon
18 Glenn Gould 00:54 Amazon
19 Glenn Gould 00:48 Amazon
20 Glenn Gould 00:22 Amazon
21 Glenn Gould 00:53 Amazon
22 Glenn Gould 00:53 Amazon
23 Glenn Gould 00:54 Amazon
24 Glenn Gould 00:59 Amazon
25 Glenn Gould 01:58 Amazon
26 Glenn Gould 02:00 Amazon
27 Glenn Gould 01:46 Amazon
28 Glenn Gould 00:54 Amazon
29 Glenn Gould 01:19 Amazon
30 Glenn Gould 01:56 Amazon
31 Glenn Gould 02:04 Amazon
32 Glenn Gould 01:48 Amazon
33 Glenn Gould 00:44 Amazon
34 Glenn Gould 00:27 Amazon
35 Glenn Gould 00:48 Amazon
36 Glenn Gould 00:51 Amazon
37 Glenn Gould 00:53 Amazon
38 Glenn Gould 01:12 Amazon
39 Glenn Gould 01:06 Amazon
40 Glenn Gould 01:08 Amazon
41 Glenn Gould 00:11 Amazon
42 Glenn Gould 00:57 Amazon
43 Glenn Gould 00:39 Amazon
44 Glenn Gould 00:57 Amazon
45 Glenn Gould 01:03 Amazon
46 Glenn Gould 00:13 Amazon
47 Glenn Gould 00:58 Amazon
48 Glenn Gould 01:00 Amazon
49 Glenn Gould 01:01 Amazon
50 Glenn Gould 00:14 Amazon
51 Glenn Gould 00:58 Amazon
52 Glenn Gould 01:05 Amazon
53 Glenn Gould 01:04 Amazon
54 Glenn Gould 01:17 Amazon
55 Glenn Gould 00:13 Amazon
56 Glenn Gould 01:05 Amazon
57 Glenn Gould 01:14 Amazon
58 Glenn Gould 01:08 Amazon
59 Glenn Gould 00:29 Amazon
60 Glenn Gould 01:03 Amazon
61 Glenn Gould 01:07 Amazon
62 Glenn Gould 01:08 Amazon
63 Glenn Gould 01:08 Amazon
64 Glenn Gould 01:05 Amazon
65 Glenn Gould 00:09 Amazon
66 Glenn Gould 00:32 Amazon
67 Glenn Gould 00:16 Amazon
68 Glenn Gould 00:25 Amazon
69 Glenn Gould 01:06 Amazon
70 Glenn Gould 01:04 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Complete 1955 Goldberg Variations
1 Glenn Gould 06:32 Amazon
2 Glenn Gould 04:17 Amazon
3 Glenn Gould 01:11 Amazon
4 Glenn Gould 01:02 Amazon
5 Glenn Gould 00:12 Amazon
6 Glenn Gould 01:09 Amazon
7 Glenn Gould 00:36 Amazon
8 Glenn Gould 01:02 Amazon
9 Glenn Gould 01:05 Amazon
10 Glenn Gould 01:06 Amazon
11 Glenn Gould 00:57 Amazon
12 Glenn Gould 00:57 Amazon
13 Glenn Gould 00:50 Amazon
14 Glenn Gould 00:56 Amazon
15 Glenn Gould 01:16 Amazon
16 Glenn Gould 01:16 Amazon
17 Glenn Gould 00:43 Amazon
18 Glenn Gould 01:02 Amazon
19 Glenn Gould 01:08 Amazon
20 Glenn Gould 01:06 Amazon
21 Glenn Gould 02:57 Amazon
22 Glenn Gould 00:49 Amazon
23 Glenn Gould 00:59 Amazon
24 Glenn Gould 00:57 Amazon
25 Glenn Gould 00:54 Amazon
26 Glenn Gould 00:53 Amazon
27 Glenn Gould 01:00 Amazon
28 Glenn Gould 02:20 Amazon
29 Glenn Gould 02:16 Amazon
30 Glenn Gould 02:19 Amazon
31 Glenn Gould 02:14 Amazon
32 Glenn Gould 00:17 Amazon
33 Glenn Gould 02:12 Amazon
34 Glenn Gould 02:03 Amazon
35 Glenn Gould 02:25 Amazon
36 Glenn Gould 00:43 Amazon
37 Glenn Gould 01:23 Amazon
38 Glenn Gould 02:05 Amazon
39 Glenn Gould 02:00 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 7

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Aria with 30 Variations "Goldberg Variations" BWV 988
1 Glenn Gould 01:52 Amazon
2 Glenn Gould 00:45 Amazon
3 Glenn Gould 00:37 Amazon
4 Glenn Gould 00:54 Amazon
5 Glenn Gould 00:29 Amazon
6 Glenn Gould 00:36 Amazon
7 Glenn Gould 00:34 Amazon
8 Glenn Gould 01:08 Amazon
9 Glenn Gould 00:45 Amazon
10 Glenn Gould 00:37 Amazon
11 Glenn Gould 00:42 Amazon
12 Glenn Gould 00:54 Amazon
13 Glenn Gould 00:56 Amazon
14 Glenn Gould 02:10 Amazon
15 Glenn Gould 00:58 Amazon
16 Glenn Gould 02:17 Amazon
17 Glenn Gould 01:18 Amazon
18 Glenn Gould 00:53 Amazon
19 Glenn Gould 00:46 Amazon
20 Glenn Gould 00:42 Amazon
21 Glenn Gould 00:48 Amazon
22 Glenn Gould 01:42 Amazon
23 Glenn Gould 00:42 Amazon
24 Glenn Gould 00:54 Amazon
25 Glenn Gould 00:57 Amazon
26 Glenn Gould 06:30 Amazon
27 Glenn Gould 00:52 Amazon
28 Glenn Gould 00:49 Amazon
29 Glenn Gould 01:11 Amazon
30 Glenn Gould 01:00 Amazon
31 Glenn Gould 00:48 Amazon
32 Glenn Gould 02:12 Amazon