Glenn Gould Estate
- Feb 15, 2013
The Acoustic Orchestrations features Scriabin's virtuosic Piano Sonata No. 5, recorded by Gould in 1970 and presented here, for the first time, in the fully "orchestrated" form Gould intended but never fully realized during his lifetime. The restoration and realization of the Scrabin recording is the work of Gould scholar, Paul Théberge, who says: "The Sonata No. 5 was the first, and most ambitious of Gould's multi-track experiments: employing numerous microphones spread throughout the studio and recorded onto 8-track tape, Gould planned his final mixes much as a film director might assemble a film from a series of close-ups and long shots, hard cuts and dissolves. The results are, by turn, subtle and dramatic, lending an acoustic dimension to the recorded music that is truly "orchestral" in character."
The release also includes a new multi-track mix of two preludes by Scriabin and previously released recordings of music by Sibelius that offer further insights into Gould's technique.Read More
- Feb 15, 2013
The Schwarzkopf Tapes: Ophelia Songs Op. 67 by Richard Strauss
An extraordinary encounter: in January 1966 eminent soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and eccentric pianist Glenn Gould met in an overheated New York studio to record songs by Richard Strauss. Two extreme worlds were bunched together and, as a result, the recording session was a spectacular failure. Contained on this CD are three previously released songs from this legendary meeting, three previously unreleased Strauss songs, as well as more music by the composer Gould valued so highly.Read More
- Feb 14, 2013
The Great Legacy: The Glenn Gould Collection
This series with a total of 61 CDs contains valuable Bach material such as the legendary 1955 recording of the Goldberg Variations with all its pyrotechnic brilliance, the 1981 digital recording of the same work with its “autumnal quality”, the Well-Tempered Clavier Parts I & II, the Art of Fugue, the English and French Suites, the Piano Concertos Nos. 1–5, and the Two-Part Inventions and Three-Part Sinfonias.
In addition, there are sonatas and concertos by Beethoven and Liszt’s arrangement of that composer’s Fifth Symphony, the Brahms Rhapsodies, late Haydn piano sonatas, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, K. 491, Das Marienleben by Hindemith, Handel’s Harpsi chord Suites Nos. 1–4, and sonatas by Scarlatti, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Grieg, Sibelius and Berg. No less outstanding are the live recordings of recitals Gould gave in Salzburg (1955), and in Moscow and Leningrad (1957).Read More