"The defining moment of Glenn Gould's career came in 1964 when, at the age of 31, he withdrew from all public performance. The move was viewed by audiences and critics as willful and bewildering, and was seen as evidence that despite his demonstrably supreme artistry he was, in the argot of the common man, a nut.
But, as George Szell once said of him, "That nut [was] a genius." In his short international career, which spanned only 24 years, Glenn Gould changed the way the music world thought about performance practice, recording, and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Johann Sebastian Bach completed the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, for keyboard in 1741. The work consists of an aria and 30 variations. Scholars at the end of the twentieth century were still debating the exact details of the work's origin, but many accept that J.G. Goldberg commissioned it. His job was to perform for Count Keyserkingk, a chronic insomniac who needed music to lull him to sleep. Many records suggest that Bach once taught Goldberg, a famed virtuoso, who would have easily been able to play the variations. It is also believed that the technical wizardry required to play the variations comes directly from Bach's study of Domenico Scarlatti's Essercizi for keyboard from 1739, itself a daunting piece for exceptional players only." - AMG.
This is a Columbia 'White Label Promotional' 1st Pressing from 1979 with DJ timing strip.
The record is Exc.
The jacket is VG.
The LP plays/sounds Mint-.
Incredible detail - not only for the Piano but you can actually hear Gould 'singing/humming' along with his playing. The full dynamics of the Piano are very accurately captured. The soundstage is wide and ambiance and 'air' are heard around the Piano. No drift or 'wander' at all. An exceptional recording.
What little surface noise exists is present as barely audible and only on the quietest passages - you must really listen for it to hear it.
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