The Goldberg Variations: The Complete 1955 Recording Sessions (7 CDs + LP)

Sony Classical
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Artist:
Glenn Gould

The recording industry of the 20th century saw stars become legends and albums become icons of popular culture. Completed in a total of only four days and released in January 1956, Glenn Gould’s début recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations is without doubt one of the most significant and successful classical recordings in the history of the gramophone record.

Documenting with unprecedented completeness the events that unfolded in Columbia’s 30th Street Studio during those four key days in June 1955, the present release allows listeners for the very first time to join Glenn Gould, his producer Howard Scott and sound engineer Fred Plaut as one of the greatest recordings of all time came into existence.

This super deluxe edition comes with a a 90 x 60 cm (36 x 24") poster 12” x 12” hard-cover coffee-table book more than 260 pages long, featuring reprints of more than 20 facsimile documents, 45 sensational, newly discovered photos, a print of the musical score, and extensive liner notes and descriptive texts. It was the birth of a legend.

In Glenn Gould’s first recording for Columbia Masterworks, he played Bach as if someone in a dark, stuffy room had parted the curtains and thrown open the windows. From the moment the 22-year-old Canadian pianist played his first notes in Columbia’s 30th Street Studio in June 1955, it became apparent that recording history was being made. The recording was released on 3 January 1956 as a mono LP with the catalogue number ML 5060, at a price of $3.98. It broke all records and made Gould famous overnight. The critics were ecstatic and the release is still considered one of the ten most significant and successful classical recordings of all time. After the final LP master tape was cut in July 1955, the ten remaining reels of these historic recording sessions from 10 & 14–16 June were not reused for other recordings or discharged, but sent directly to tape archives for deep storage at 65°F. The tapes remained there, untouched and forgotten, while Gould’s career took off: as a pianist on stage and in the studio, and as a writer, composer, conductor, and broadcaster.

After his death in 1982, the tapes still remained in archives while the music world changed dramatically: from mono to stereo and analogue to digital recording; from LPs to cassettes and CDs to digital downloads and streams; as record labels moved and companies merged. Unaffected by the world outside, the tapes were left untouched for more than 60 years.

Tracklisting:

CD 1
01 Aria Take 1
02 Aria Take 2
03 Aria Take 3 [']
04 Aria Take 4
05 Aria Take 5
06 Aria Take 6
07 Variation 1 Take 1
08 Variation 1 Take 2 (B)
09 Variation 1 Take 3
10 Variation 1 Remake Take 1 (B)
11 Variation 1 Remake Take 2 (B)
12 Variation 1 Remake Take 3 (B)
13 Variation 1 Remake Take 4 (B)
14 Variation 1 Remake Take 5 (B)
15 Variation 1 Remake Take 6 ('B)
16 Variation 1 Remake Take 7
17 Variation 1 Remake Take 8
18 Variation 1 Remake Take 9 [B]
19 Variation 1 Remake [Take 9A]
20 Variation 1 Remake Take 10
21 Variation 1 Remake Take 11
22 Variation 1 Remake Take 12 (')
23 Variation 1 Remake Take 13 (B)
24 Variation 2 Take 1 (b)
25 Variation 2 Take 2 []
26 Variation 2 Take 2[A] (B)
27 Variation 2 Take 3
28 Variation 2 Take 4 (B)
29 Variation 2 Take 5 []
30 Variation 2 Take 6
31 Variation 2 Take 7 (B)
32 Variation 2 Take 8
33 Variation 2 Take 9 [B]
34 Variation 2 [Take 9A]
35 Variation 2 Take 10
36 Variation 2 Take 11 (B)
37 Variation 2 Take 11A (B)
38 Variation 2 Take 11B (')
39 Variation 2 Take 12 (B)
40 Variation 2 Take 12A
41 Variation 2 Take 13
42 Variation 3 Take 1
43 Variation 3 Take 2 (B)
44 Variation 3 Take 2A [announced] []
45 Variation 3 Take 3
46 Variation 4 Take 1 (b)
47 Variation 4 Take 1A (B)
48 Variation 4 Take 1B (B)
49 Variation 4 Take 2 (')
50 Variation 4 Take 3
51 Variation 4 Take 4
52 Variation 4 Take 5 (')
53 Variation 4 Take 6 (b)
54 Variation 4 Take 6A
55 Variation 4 Take 7 (B)
56 Variation 4 Take 8 (B)
57 Variation 4 Take 8A
58 Variation 4 Take 9
59 Variation 4 Take 10 (''B)
60 Variation 5 Take 1
61 Variation 5 Take 2 ('B)
62 Variation 5 Take 3
63 Variation 5 Take 4 (B)
64 Variation 5 Take 5 (B)
65 Variation 5 Take 6
66 Variation 5 Take 7 [B]
67 Variation 5 Take 8 (') [B]
68 Variation 5 Take 9 (B)

CD 2
01 Variation 6 Take 1
02 Variation 6 Take 2 ('')
03 Variation 6 Take 3
04 Variation 6 Take 4 (' ['])
05 Variation 6 Take 5 (B)
06 Variation 6 Take 6 []
07 Variation 6 Take 7
08 Variation 6 Take 8 (b)
09 Variation 6 Take 9 [B]
10 Variation 6 Take 10 (')
11 Variation 6 Take 11 [b]
12 Variation 6 [Take 11A] [']
13 Variation 6 Take 12 []
14 Variation 6 Take 13 (') [B]
15 Variation 6 Take 14
16 Variation 6 Take 15
17 Variation 6 Take 16
18 Variation 7 Take 1 (B)
19 Variation 7 Take 1A
20 Variation 7 Take 2 (B)
21 Variation 7 Take 3 [B]
22 Variation 7 Take 3A [b]
23 Variation 7 Take 4
24 Variation 7 Take 5
25 Variation 7 Remake Take 1
26 Variation 7 Remake Take 2
27 Variation 7 Remake Take 3 (B)
28 Variation 7 Remake Take 4
29 Variation 7 Remake Take 5
30 Variation 7 Remake Take 6 [B]
31 Variation 7 Remake Take 7
32 Variation 7 Remake Take 8
33 Variation 7 Remake Take 9 (B)
34 Variation 7 Remake Take 10 or 9A
35 Variation 8 Take 1
36 Variation 8 Take 2
37 Variation 8 Take 3
38 Variation 9 Take 1 (B)
39 Variation 9 Take 2
40 Variation 9 Take 3 (B)
41 Variation 9 Take 4 (')
42 Variation 9 Take 5
43 Variation 9 Take 6
44 Variation 9 Take 7 [']
45 Variation 9 Take 8 (')
46 Variation 9 Take 9
47 Variation 9 Take 10 (B)
48 Variation 10 Take 1
49 Variation 10 Take 2
50 Variation 11 Take 1 ['']
51 Variation 11 Take 2
52 Variation 11 Take 3 [B]
53 Variation 11 Take 3A (B)
54 Variation 11 Take 3B (B)
55 Variation 11 Take 3C (B)
56 Variation 11 Take 4
57 Variation 11 Take 5 [B]
58 Variation 11 Take 6 [not recorded]
59 Variation 11 Take 7 ['']
60 Variation 11 Take 8

CD 3
3-01 Variation 12 Take 1
3-02 Variation 12 Take 2 (B)
3-03 Variation 12 Take 2A
3-04 Variation 12 Take 3 (B)
3-05 Variation 12 Take 4 (B)
3-06 Variation 12 Take 5 (B)
3-07 Variation 12 Take 6 []
3-08 Variation 12 Take 7 [b]
3-09 Variation 12 [Take 8 [B]]
3-10 Variation 12 Take 9 (B)
3-11 Variation 12 Take 10 (2nd half only)
3-12 Variation 12 Take 11
3-13 Variation 12 Take 12 (')
3-14 Variation 12 Take 13 (B)
3-15 Variation 12 Take 14 [']
3-16 Variation 12 Take 15 (''' B)
3-17 Variation 12 Take 16
3-18 Variation 12 Take 17
3-19 Variation 12 Take 18
3-20 Variation 13 Take 1
3-21 Variation 13 Take 2 (2nd half F.S.)
3-22 Variation 13 Take 3
3-23 Variation 13 Take 4 [B]
3-24 Variation 13 Take 5
3-25 Variation 14 Take 1 [']
3-26 Variation 14 Take 2
3-27 Variation 15 Take 1
3-28 Variation 15 Take 2
3-29 Variation 15 Take 3 (B)
3-30 Variation 15 Take 4
3-31 Variation 15 Take 5
3-32 Variation 15 Take 6 (B)
3-33 Variation 16 Take 1
3-34 Variation 16 Take 2
3-35 Variation 16 Insert 1 Take 1
3-36 Variation 16 Insert 1 Take 2
3-37 Variation 16 Insert 1 Take 3
3-38 Variation 17 Take 1 (B)
3-39 Variation 17 Take 2
3-40 Variation 17 Take 3 (B)
3-41 Variation 17 Take 4
3-42 Variation 17 Insert 1 Take 1
3-43 Variation 17 Insert 1 Take 2 [''']
3-44 Variation 17 Insert 1 Take 3 (B)
3-45 Variation 17 Insert 1 Take 4
3-46 Variation 17 Insert 1 Take 5

CD 4
4-01 Variation 18 Take 1
4-02 Variation 18 Take 2 (B)
4-03 Variation 18 Take 2A
4-04 Variation 18 Take 3
4-05 Variation 18 Take 4
4-06 Variation 18 Take 5
4-07 Variation 18 Take 6 [']
4-08 Variation 18 Take 7
4-09 Variation 18 Take 8
4-10 Variation 18 Take 9 ['B]
4-11 Variation 18 Take 10 (' ['] B)
4-12 Variation 18 Take 11
4-13 Variation 19 Take 1 (')
4-14 Variation 19 Take 2 (b)
4-15 Variation 19 Take 2A
4-16 Variation 19 Take 3
4-17 Variation 19 Take 4 ['] (B)
4-18 Variation 19 Take 4A [']
4-19 Variation 19 Take 5
4-20 Variation 20 Take 1 [B]
4-21 Variation 20 Take 1A [announced]
4-22 Variation 20 Take 2 (')
4-23 Variation 20 Take 3 [']
4-24 Variation 20 Take 4 ('' ['])
4-25 Variation 21 Take 1
4-26 Variation 21 Take 2
4-27 Variation 21 Take 3
4-28 Variation 21 Insert 1 Take 1
4-29 Variation 21 Insert 1 Take 2 ('')
4-30 Variation 21 Take 4
4-31 Variation 21 Take 5 (')
4-32 Variation 21 Take 6
4-33 Variation 22 Take 1
4-34 Variation 22 Insert 1 Take 1 (2nd half)
4-35 Variation 22 Take 2
4-36 Variation 22 Take 3
4-37 Variation 22 Take 4
4-38 Variation 23 Take 1
4-39 Variation 23 Take 2
4-40 Variation 23 Take 3
4-41 Variation 23 Take 4 (b)
4-42 Variation 23 Take 4A
4-43 Variation 23 Take 5 [B]
4-44 Variation 23 Take 6
4-45 Variation 23 Take 7 [']
4-46 Variation 23 Take 8 (B)
4-47 Variation 23 Take 9
4-48 Variation 23 Take 10
4-49 Variation 23 Take 11
4-50 Variation 23 Remake Take 1 (B)
4-51 Variation 23 Remake Take 1A
4-52 Variation 23 Remake Take 2 (''')
4-53 Variation 23 Remake Take 3
4-54 Variation 24 Take 1
4-55 Variation 24 Take 2 (B)
4-56 Variation 24 Take 2A
4-57 Variation 24 Take 3
4-58 Variation 24 Take 4
4-59 Variation 24 Take 5 (B)
4-60 Variation 24 Take 6
4-61 Variation 24 Take 7
4-62 Variation 24 Take 8
4-63 Variation 24 Take 9
4-64 Variation 24 Take 10
4-65 Variation 24 Insert 1 Take 1 (B)
4-66 Variation 24 Insert 1 Take 2
4-67 Variation 24 Insert 1 Take 3 (B)
4-68 Variation 24 Insert 1 Take 4 (B)
4-69 Variation 24 Take 11
4-70 Variation 24 Take 12

CD 5
5-01 Variation 25 Take 1
5-02 Variation 25 Take 2 (B)
5-03 Variation 26 Take 1
5-04 Variation 26 Take 2 (')
5-05 Variation 26 Take 3 (B)
5-06 Variation 26 Take 3[A]
5-07 Variation 26 Insert 1 Take 1
5-08 Variation 26 Take 4
5-09 Variation 26 Take 5
5-10 Variation 27 Take 1
5-11 Variation 27 Take 2
5-12 Variation 27 Take 3
5-13 Variation 27 Take 4
5-14 Variation 27 Take 4[A]
5-15 Variation 28 Take 1
5-16 Variation 28 Take 2
5-17 Variation 28 Take 3 (B)
5-18 Variation 28 Take 4 (B)
5-19 Variation 29 Take 1
5-20 Variation 30 Take 1 [announced]
5-21 Gould About Quodlibet, Improvisation
5-22 Variation 30 Take 2 (B)
5-23 Variation 30 Take 3 []
5-24 Variation 30 Take 4 (B)
5-25 Variation 30 Take 5 [announced] [B]
5-26 Variation 30 Take 6
5-27 Variation 30 Take 7
5-28 Aria Remake Take 1
5-29 Aria Remake Take 2
5-30 Aria Remake Take 3
5-31 Aria Remake Take 4
5-32 Aria Remake Take 5 [] [B]
5-33 Aria Remake Take 6 [announced] ['']
5-34 Aria Remake Take 7
5-35 Aria Remake Take 8
5-36 Aria Remake Take 9 (B)
5-37 Aria Remake Take 10 [B]
5-38 Aria Remake [Take 11] (announced Take 297)
5-39 Aria Remake [Take 11A] (announced Take 11)

CD 6 - Glenn Gould Discusses His Performances Of "The Goldberg Variations" With Tim Page
6-01 Opening
6-02 The Meaning Of Re-Recording
6-03 Comparison Of Arias
6-04 The Secret Of The Tempo
6-05 New Recordings (From Variation 16 To Variation 18)
6-06 The Importance Of The System
6-07 Doubts On Variation 25
6-08 Arguments On Instruments
6-09 New Recordings (From Variation 1 To Variation 10)
6-10 Ending

CD 7 - The Original 1955 Recording
7-01 Aria
7-02 Variation 1 A 1 Clav.
7-03 Variation 2 A 1 Clav.
7-04 Variation 3 A 1 Clav. Canone All' Unisuono
7-05 Variation 4 A 1 Clav.
7-06 Variation 5 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
7-07 Variation 6 A 1 Clav. Canone Alla Seconda
7-08 Variation 7 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
7-09 Variation 8 A 2 Clav.
7-10 Variation 9 A 1 Clav. Canone Alla Terza
7-11 Variation 10 A 1 Clav. Fughetta
7-12 Variation 11 A 2 Clav.
7-13 Variation 12 Canone Alla Quarta
7-14 Variation 13 A 2 Clav.
7-15 Variation 14 A 2 Clav.
7-16 Variation 15 A 1 Clav. Canone Alla Quinta. Andante
7-17 Variation 16 Ouverture A 1 Clav.
7-18 Variation 17 A 2 Clav.
7-19 Variation 18 - Canone Alla Sesta A 1 Clav.
7-20 Variation 19 A 1 Clav.
7-21 Variation 20 A 2 Clav.
7-22 Variation 21 Canone Alla Settima
7-23 Variation 22 Alla Breve A 1 Clav.
7-24 Variation 23 A 2 Clav.
7-25 Variation 24 Canone All' Ottava A 1 Clav.
7-26 Variation 25 A 2 Clav.
7-27 Variation 26 A 2 Clav.
7-28 Variation 27 Canone Alla Nona
7-29 Variation 28 A 2 Clav.
7-30 Variation 29 A 1 Ovvero 2 Clav.
7-31 Variation 30 A 1 Clav. Quodlibet
7-32 Aria Da Capo

LP - The Original 1955 Recording

Side A - Aria; Variations 1-16
Side B - Variations 17-30; Aria Da Capo

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