Glenn Gould

The Goldberg Variations: The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955

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

Track Listing - Disc 2

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

Track Listing - Disc 3

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

Track Listing - Disc 4

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Complete 1955 Goldberg Variations
1 00:52 Amazon
2 00:11 Amazon
3 00:45 Amazon
4 01:06 Amazon
5 00:50 Amazon
6 00:49 Amazon
7 00:58 Amazon
8 00:50 Amazon
9 00:54 Amazon
10 00:47 Amazon
11 00:56 Amazon
12 00:52 Amazon
13 01:08 Amazon
14 00:14 Amazon
15 00:58 Amazon
16 00:53 Amazon
17 00:33 Amazon
18 00:54 Amazon
19 00:48 Amazon
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25 01:58 Amazon
26 02:00 Amazon
27 01:46 Amazon
28 00:54 Amazon
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32 01:48 Amazon
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34 00:27 Amazon
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36 00:51 Amazon
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38 01:12 Amazon
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50 00:14 Amazon
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55 00:13 Amazon
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58 01:08 Amazon
59 00:29 Amazon
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65 00:09 Amazon
66 00:32 Amazon
67 00:16 Amazon
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