J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Glenn Gould live in Salzburg & Moscow

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Glenn Gould
Individual Works:Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Three-Part Inventions (Sinfonias} nos.2-15 BWV BWV 788 - BWV 801
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Sony
Catalog Number:SMK 52685
Year Released/Recorded:1959 & 1957
Total Playing Time:61' 26
Comments:Ian Docherty said:

Glenn Gould's live Goldberg Variations at a Salzburg concert in 1959 makes a fine comparison with the studio versions. It is a fleet, unified rendition & less mannered than the later 80's recording. All the great Gouldian hallmarks are present along with some rhythmic foot tapping! The mono sound is very acceptable, even intimate in effect, & at no time does the performance sound like an ordeal for Gould despite his aversion to the concert hall! The final section after the slow 25th variation confirms Gould's mastery, leading into an exhuberant Quodlibet & affectionate Aria da capo: a completely satisfying performance. The playing of the Sinfonias is similarly inspired & shines through despite the low quality recording. No.1 is missing from the tape but again what we hear are superb performances.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Ian Docherty
Date First Submitted:04/15/2001