Bach: The Goldberg Variations, 1955 recording - Glenn Gould

Marking the 50th anniversary of Glenn Gould's iconic Bach recording, this version of the Goldberg Variations is a must-listen for Bach fans.

Composer: Bach
Repertoire: Goldberg Variations
Glenn Gould (piano)
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Instrumental
Label: Sony 82876 69835 2

To mark the 50th anniversary of this iconic recording, Sony has pulled out all the stops with this Bach Goldberg Variations disc. The beautifully illustrated 160-page booklet will make any Glenn Gould anorak very happy, as will 33 minutes of previously unpublished out-takes that Gould requested should never be released. The booklet’s superlatives reach their climax with the assertion that Gould’s first session was ‘a decisive moment in history’ equivalent to ‘Bilboa’s discovery of the Pacific Ocean’. Pur-lease.