The Goldberg Variations: The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955

Glenn Gould

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

Track Listing - Disc 2

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

Track Listing - Disc 3

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

Track Listing - Disc 4

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

Track Listing - Disc 5

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

Track Listing - Disc 7

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