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The Goldberg Variations - Glenn Gould Plays Bach

One of my best DVD purchases ever; how lucky the world is that Glenn Gould and Bruno Monsaingeon have left us with a video recording of this monumental work, the Goldberg Variations. If you are studying the Goldberg Variations, you will appreciate the opportunity to see Gould’s choice of fingering and hand positions: which hand crosses over/above the other hand (left above right, or right above left) in order to avoid mid air collisions. For those who really analyze in depth, you will notice that in this video recording Gould does a few minor changes (ornaments, entre autres) than what he recorded in the 1981 audio recording. This is a must-have for your Bach or Gould collection. Vincent SPICER Check it out!

Product description A Film by Bruno Monsaingeon Pianist Glenn Gould made his New York debut on January 11, 1955. His first recording, Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” took place that June. The record won instant acclaim. In 1981 Gould departed from his custom of not re-recording a work and, 26 years after his first recording of the “Goldberg Variations,” went into the same New York studio for his second recording of the work. Gould viewed the two interpretations as substantially different. This new recording won two Grammy Awards. The Glenn Gould Collection: Prepared, shot and edited over a period of five years from 1976 to 1981, the three-part series Glenn Gould Plays Bach has so far only been seen via the limited parameters of television transmission. Now, for the first time, this testament is made available with a sound and picture reproduction faithful to the original conception. Glenn Gould’s first recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 1955 had made his name legendary. This film, shot in New York in April 1981, marks his life – as if interpolated between the two peaceful Arias and the two recordings, the one opening, the other closing his career – with a symbol of cyclic perfections (Bruno Monsaingeon) Introduction: Glenn Gould in conversation with Bruno Monsaingeon Goldberg Variations, BW 988 . Aria with Divers Variation for the Harpsichord with Two Manuals Glenn Gould, Piano From the Back Cover Prepared, shot, and edited over a period of five years from 1976 to 1981, the three-part series Glenn Gould Plays Bach has so far only been seen via the limited parameters of television transmission. Now, for the first time, this testment is made available with a sound and picture reporduction faithful to our original conception. Glenn Gould’s first recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 1955 had made his name legendary. This film, shot in New York in April and May 1981, marks his life–as if interpolated between the two peaceful Arias and the two recordings, the one opening, the other closing his career–with a symbol of cyclic perfection. 58 minutes.

 

 

 

The Goldberg Variations – Glenn Gould Plays Bach Review

 

This video will leave a lump in your throat and a smile on your face at the same time. Gould carries the viewer through the whole range of human emotions in about 45 minutes. He is the rare pianist that has both a staggering technical facility and a an incredible emotional depth. His talent easily encompasses the unusual technical and emotional juxtapositions of the Goldberg Variations. One moment the listener may be plunged into the darkness and despair of a variation like the Canone alla Quinta, or the 21st variation, and then, suddenly is brought back to light-heartedness and joy. Watching Gould make these transitions work is a touching experience, and his love for the music is obvious (although he said he hated the 28th and 29th variations). Listening to the music is also enhanced by the pleasure of viewing Gould as he plays. Some may find his trademark fidgeting and faces an annoyance, but I think the true music lover will simply see in Gould an artist completely involved in a music that he obviously cherishes. A unique and beautiful experience for any music lover. -Read Reviews-

A friend of mine once gave me a copy of Gould’s performance of the Golberg Variations to listen to on CD. He said, "listen to it twice — you won’t like it the first time, but listen again and it will become your favorite. " He was right. I later realized that upon the first listening it was difficult to make sense of the individual parts of this piece. But after you have a sense of the whole, you can begin to appreciate its complex beauty. On this DVD, Glenn Gould himself explains that he decided to re-record the piece precisely to emphasize the connection between each of the parts in the Goldberg Variations. The result is remarkable, both in terms of sound quality and the camera movements. The disc contains sound in both PCM stereo and Dolby Digital stereo. Sony did a superb job in making you forget this masterpiece was recorded 20 years ago. And you can’t watch Gould play without being drawn yourself into his passion for the music. If you enjoy Bach, this is a must buy. One nitpick: the extras on this disc are pathetic. You get about 5 minutes worth of interviews with Gould himself, and some on-screen biographical text — merely glorified liner notes. But this disc isn’t about the extras. Let’s hope Sony releases more Gould DVDs!

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