Bach - Goldberg Variations

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Bach - Goldberg Variations


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26th March 2007



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26th Feb 2007




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Bach - Goldberg Variations

Bach, J S:

Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Recorded 10th and 14th-16th June, 1955 in the Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York City

Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV829

Recorded 4th October, 1954 in the CBC Studios, Montreal.

Glenn Gould (piano)

When the recording was released the American Record Guide headed its review with “The Record Début of Glenn Gould, a Keyboard Genius.”



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Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829

I. Praeambulum

II. Allemande

III. Courante

IV. Sarabande

V. Menuet

VI. Passepied

VII. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988


Variation 1. a 1 Clav.

Variation 2. a 1 Clav.

Variation 3. a 1 Clav. Canone all'Unisuono

Variation 4. a 1 Clav.

Variation 5. a 1 o vero 2 Clav.

Variation 6. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda

Variation 7. a 1 o vero 2 Clav.

Variation 8. a 2 Clav.

Variation 9. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza

Variation 10. a 1 Clav. Fugetta

Variation 11. a 2 Clav.

Variation 12. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quarta

Variation 13. a 2 Clav.

Variation 14. a 2 Clav.

Variation 15. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta

Variation 16. a 1 o vero 2 Clav.

Variation 17. a 2 Clav.

Variation 18. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Sesta

Variation 19. a 1 Clav.

Variation 20. a 2 Clav.

Variation 21. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Settima

Variation 22. a 1 Clav.

Variation 23. a 1 Clav.

Variation 24. a 1 Clav. Canone all'Ottava

Variation 25. a 1 Clav. Adagio

Variation 26. a 1 Clav.

Variation 27. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Nona

Variation 28. a 1 Clav.

Variation 29. a 1 o vero 2 Clav.

Variation 30. a 1 Clav. Quodlibet


Gramophone Magazine

“A 1950s benchmark and a record that forever altered the way we hear Bach's Goldberg Variations, Glenn Gould's 1955 CBS recording, elegant and exuberant, a fast-lane excursion that occasionally pauses for thought… Naxos's excellent transfer is coupled with a confident Bach G major Partita.”

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