Glenn Gould: A State of Wonder - The Complete Goldberg Variations 1955 & 1981 | Sony 19439753982

Glenn Gould: A State of Wonder - The Complete Goldberg Variations 1955 & 1981


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Label: Sony

Cat No: 19439753982

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 7th August 2020



Glenn Gould (piano)


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Goldberg Variations, BWV988


Glenn Gould (piano)


Here they are, alpha and omega, first and last – the 1955 performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations that won the young Glenn Gould world acclaim, paired with his second, vastly different recording of the same piece, issued only days before the pianist's death on 4 October 1982.

In between these magnificent bookends, Gould made some 50 hours worth of recordings, but none of them ever quite attained the legendary status of the two “Gouldbergs”, which would make any list of the most influential piano albums of the 20th century. Now, A State of Wonder brings them both together – the 1955 rendition in brilliantly 2017 remastered sound, the later performance from 1981 reissued from the edited analogue session reels, first issued 2002 in A State of Wonder.

This stunning box set is a special season offer, packed in a cube-shaped box. Included in this must-have box set are facsimile LP and CD Sleeves, booklet with full discographical notes.

Glenn Gould was one of the best known and most revered pianists of the 20th century. Gould’s performances of works by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart received critical acclaim and international adoration. In addition to being an outstanding pianist, Gould was also a revered composer and conductor. Gould was the recipient of numerous awards including 3 Juno awards and 5 Grammy awards.

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