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Bach, J.S. / Glenn Gould / Gould Variations: The Best Of Glenn Gould's Bach
Album:Gould Variations: The Best Of Glenn Gould's Bach Collection:Classical
Artist:Bach, J.S. / Glenn Gould Added:09/2000
Label:Sony Classical 

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Album Review
nari
Reviewed 2001-09-02 
This is a collection of recordings of Bach solo piano works done by the late eccentric virtuoso pianist, Glenn Gould. Gould's interpretation is very straightforward and restrained, with little romantic embellishment. He plays with a delicate simplicity that allows Bach's music to speak for itself.

DISC ONE inventions, partitas, Well-Tempered Clavier, French suites, Goldberg Variations, and others. Track 13 is the most recognizable. Track 32 is perfect. :)

Bright & playful: 2, 3, 4, 11, 18, 20, 21, 26, 27
Majestic: 10, 12, 23
Stately: 1, 6, 8, 14, 16, 29, 35
Too many notes: 5, 7, 15, 28, 31, 33, 34
Minor/Sad: 19, 22, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33
Sweet: 9, 13, 17, 24, 25, 32, 36

DISC TWO is nine tracks of counterpoint organ works. All in minor key.
Tracks 1-7 plod along, 8 & 9 are a little more feisty.

-nari


Track Listing
1.Goldberg Variations, Bwv 988: Theme "Aria" 18.Concerto In D Minor After Alessandro Marcello, Bwv 974
2.Two-Part Invention No 1 In C Major, Bwv 772 19.Goldberg Variations, Bwv 988: Variation No 5
3.Two-Part Invention No 3 In D Major, Bwv 774 20.Goldberg Variations, Bwv 988: Variation No 30 "Quodlibet"
4.Two-Part Invention No 8 In F Major, Bwv 779 21.Goldberg Variations, Bwv 988: Theme "Aria"
5.Partita For Keyboard No 5 In G Major, Bwv 829 22.Art Of The Fugue, Bwv 1080: Contrapunctus No 1
6.Aria Variata In A, Bwv 989 "In The Italian Style" 23.Art Of The Fugue, Bwv 1080: Contrapunctus No 2
7.Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude And Fugue No 1 In C Major, Bwv 846 24.Art Of The Fugue, Bwv 1080: Contrapunctus No 3
8.Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude And Fugue No 5 In D Major, Bwv 850 25.Art Of The Fugue, Bwv 1080: Contrapunctus No 4
9.Prelude In C Major, Bwv 924 26.Art Of The Fugue, Bwv 1080: Contrapunctus No 5
10.Italian Concerto, Bwv 971: 1st Movement, Allegro 27.Art Of The Fugue, Bwv 1080: Contrapunctus No 6
11.French Suite No 5 In G Major, Bwv 816: 1st Movement, Allemande 28.Art Of The Fugue, Bwv 1080: Contrapunctus No 7
12.French Suite No 5 In G Major, Bwv 816: 4th Movement, Gavotte 29.Art Of The Fugue, Bwv 1080: Contrapunctus No 8
13.French Suite No 5 In G Major, Bwv 816: 7th Movement, Gigue 30.Art Of The Fugue, Bwv 1080: Contrapunctus No 9
14.Little Preludes (6): No 1 In C Major, Bwv 933 31.Praeambulum In F Major, Bwv 927
15.Chromatic Fantasia And Fugue In D Minor, Bwv 903a 32.Prelude In D Minor, Bwv 926
16.Partita For Keyboard No 2 In C Minor, Bwv 826: Sinfonia 33.Prelude In D Major, Bwv 925
17.Overture In The French Style In B Minor, Bwv 831: Gigue 34.Prelude In F Major, Bwv 928
 35.Praeambulum In G Minor, Bwv 930