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The Goldberg Variations - The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955

Artists
Glenn Gould

Release Date: 01 September 2017


Glenn Gould: The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions will probably be the most comprehensive special edition dedicated to a single album ever. The Super Deluxe Edition features Glenn Gould’s complete sessions for his famous recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on 5 CDs, restored from the original ¼-inch analogue tapes, plus the final album on CD and on heavyweight 180g vinyl. The edition comes with a 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.

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Tracklisting

Disc 1

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach

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

Disc 4

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach

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

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