J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Glenn Gould
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Also includes:

"The Well-Tempered Clavier," Book II
Prélude & Fugue No. 14 in F Sharp Minor, BWV 883
Prélude & Fugue No. 7 in E Flat Major, BWV 876
Prélude & Fugue No. 22 in B Flat Minor, BWV 891
Prélude & Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 878

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:CBC
Catalog Number:PSCD 2007
Year Released/Recorded:1952/54
Total Playing Time:65:40
Comments:Ernest Wan said:

Gould's recording for his personal use.

Jon Hagar said:

After familiarizing myself with his legendary 1981 recording and being informed of his debut in 1955, I was overjoyed to stumble across this recently released performance of Glenn Gould from 1954, originally aired as part of CBC's Distinguished Artists recital. The contrast between this, his first recorded interpretation, and his final is astounding in both the musical contrast - the freshness of a live performance versus the polished finish of a studio recording - and the spread in maturity in the masterful Glenn Gould. Brilliant even at 21, Gould coherently presents all 32 movements almost without flaw in one take. Perhaps more astounding than his speed is his ingenius realization of this piece. A definite recommendation for fans of Bach and Gould alike.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Ernest Wan
  • Jon Hagar
Date First Submitted:11/30/1997