In 1955 Glenn Gould signed an exclusive contract with Columbia Masterworks, and remained with the label until his untimely death in 1982. Gould’s first release, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, took the music world by storm, and immediately established the 22-year-old Canadian pianist as one of the most brilliant, original, charismatic and provocative classical performers of his time. Sixty years later, Gould’s prolific recorded output remains a stimulating presence. Now a completely remastered limited edition from Sony Classical, containing all the authorized Columbia recordings on 78 audio CDs, allows him to resound with greater fidelity to the originals than ever before. (more…)
As a part of the “iTunes Essentials: Classical” series, two of Glenn Gould’s most popular recordings are available for a special price until 16 March 2014. His first recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 1955 helped him to gain worldwide fame, and his return to this piece in 1981 shows his development over years as a pianist.
Glenn Gould would have turned 81 on September 25 if he were still alive. iTunes Essentials celebrates this date and features Glenn Gould’s Bach Goldberg Variations this week! Gould’s initial recording of the piece, from 1955, was an achievement of technical brilliance that established his career; his thoughtful return to it in 1981 illustrated how the same composition, played by the same musician, can become a wholly different work of art.