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Limited 11 CD set. Forty years ago, on September 2, 1982 - the year of Michael Jackson's Thriller and Steven Spielberg's E.T. - Glenn Gould's legendary second recording of the Goldberg Variations closed a circle that his revolutionary 1956 recording of Bach's masterpiece had opened. While his first recording is the exuberant, fast-paced work of a 22-year-old pianistic prodigy, his second is the measured, richly detailed interpretation of an experienced studio artist. Just five weeks later, the Canadian pianist died unexpectedly, leaving the world a masterpiece of recording art that - awarded two Grammys - is still one of the most listened to classical albums worldwide. In Gould's 90th anniversary year and 40 years since the second album's first release, Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of Glenn Gould: The Goldberg Variations - The Complete Unreleased 1981 Recording Sessions, a uniquely detailed window into the creation of this classic recording. Across 11 CDs, the set includes the double GRAMMY-winning final release as well as everything committed to tape during the 1981 sessions, restored from the original ¼-inch analogue tapes and mastered using 24 bit / 96 kHz technology. As well as the takes themselves, the session recordings include Gould and the producers' conversations, all of which are transcribed in a hard-cover coffee-table book which also contains an annotated score.
Limited 11 CD set. Forty years ago, on September 2, 1982 - the year of Michael Jackson's Thriller and Steven Spielberg's E.T. - Glenn Gould's legendary second recording of the Goldberg Variations closed a circle that his revolutionary 1956 recording of Bach's masterpiece had opened. While his first recording is the exuberant, fast-paced work of a 22-year-old pianistic prodigy, his second is the measured, richly detailed interpretation of an experienced studio artist. Just five weeks later, the Canadian pianist died unexpectedly, leaving the world a masterpiece of recording art that - awarded two Grammys - is still one of the most listened to classical albums worldwide. In Gould's 90th anniversary year and 40 years since the second album's first release, Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of Glenn Gould: The Goldberg Variations - The Complete Unreleased 1981 Recording Sessions, a uniquely detailed window into the creation of this classic recording. Across 11 CDs, the set includes the double GRAMMY-winning final release as well as everything committed to tape during the 1981 sessions, restored from the original ¼-inch analogue tapes and mastered using 24 bit / 96 kHz technology. As well as the takes themselves, the session recordings include Gould and the producers' conversations, all of which are transcribed in a hard-cover coffee-table book which also contains an annotated score.
194399774229

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Format: CD
Label: MASTERWORKS
Rel. Date: 09/30/2022
UPC: 194399774229

Glenn Gould: Complete 1981 Goldberg Sessions (Box)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Format: CD
New: Available $99.98
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DISC: 1

1. Aria Take 1
2. "A great take"
3. Variation 1 Take 1
4. "Slightly too fast"
5. Variation 1 Take 2
6. "I like to do one more time"
7. Variation 1 Take 3
8. "I keep forgetting" - Cue - Short False Start - Long False Start
9. Variation 1 Take 4
10. ? "Now, that sounded great" - wrong feed
11. Variation 2 Take 1
12. "Not a bad take"
13. Variation 2 Take 2
14. "Damn it, there was a miss note" - Variation 2 Take 3: false start
15. Variation 2 Take 4
16. "There was a wow at the beginning of the second half"
17. Variation 2 Take 5
18. "The first half was not good" - Anouncement Take 6 - "Video wasn't ready" - Take 7 False Start
19. Variation 2 Take 7
20. "Okay? - That is great! - Okay!"
21. Variation 3 Take 1 - cut off
22. "Again, please"
23. Variation 3 Take 2 - cut off
24. "Don't like it"
25. Variation 3 Take 3
26. "I tried the fast version"
27. Variation 3 Take 4
28. "How about that?" - Preparation for next take
29. Variation 4 Take 1
30. ? "I forgot the goddam Ritard. dammit" - Discussion - Take 2, 3 and 4 all cut off
31. Variation 4 Take 5
32. "Tremendous"
33. Variation 4 Take 6
34. "Okay, we got a choice. Shall we take a look?" - Preparation for next take
35. Variation 6 Take 1
36. "Sorry, I'm very sorry, Glen" - Take 2: cut off
37. Variation 6 Take 3
38. "Not bad" - Take 4: cut off
39. Variation 6 Take 5 - left channel drop out
40. "That had loads of character"
41. Variation 6 Take 6
42. "How about that? - That's fabulous" - Preparation for next take - Take 1: 2 false starts
43. Variation 7 Take 1
44. "A wrong note near the end"
45. Variation 7 Take 2
46. "That was a hell of a good take" - Preparation for next take
47. Variation 9 Take 1 - cut off
48. "Oh, merde. Take 2, please"
49. Variation 9 Take 2
50. "Not a bad take. There was a wrong note in first half."
51. Variation 9 Take 3
52. "Sorry, I forgot the legato"
53. Variation 9 Take 4
54. "Also a good take" - Take 5: false start - "Let me just play the end of seven."
55. Variation 9 Take 5
56. "We got lots of choice." - Improvisation - Preparation for next take
57. Variation 10 Take 1
58. "There was a wrong note" - Preparation for next take
59. Variation 10 Take 2
60. "I seem to be incapable of doing..." - Rehearsal - Preparation for next take
61. Variation 10 Take 3
62. "A sloppy trill at the end" - Preparation for next take
63. Variation 10 Take 4
64. "This was gorgeous"
65. Variation 10 Take 5
66. "Too many little things" - Take 6: false start
67. Variation 10 Take 6
68. "Very good things except one trill that wasn't good" - Take 7: various false starts
69. Variation 10 Take 7
70. "Also very good"
71. Variation 10 Take 8
72. "Oh shit, I was going very well" - Take 9: cut off - preparation for next take
73. Variation 10 Take 9
74. "Sorry, sorry..."
75. Variation 10 Take 10
76. "We got lots of choice, Bruno."
77. Rehearsal: Variation 11 - 2nd half - Preparation for next take - 2 false starts
78. Variation 11 Take 1
79. "I hope you got that"
80. Variation 11 Insert 1 Take 1 (2 attempts)
81. "That got it"
82. Variation 11 Insert 1 Take 2 (3 attempts)
83. "I'm not sure if the tempo was quite right on that one"
84. Variation 11 Insert 1 Take 3
85. "Well, I got the first two"
86. Variation 11 Insert 1 Take 4
87. "That felt great"
88. Variation 11 Insert 2 Take 1 (2 attempts)
89. "We got the spot" - Rehearsal / Improvisation
90. Variation 11 Insert 2 Take 2
91. "How about that one"
92. Variation 11 Insert 2 Take 3
93. "Okay, well we got..."
94. Variation 11 Insert 3 Take 1
95. "But it got the real spot"
96. Variation 11 Insert 3 Take 2
97. "That, I don't know about the level"
98. Variation 11 Insert 3 Take 3
99. "Alright, Glenn, we're one dB over now."
100. Variation 11 Insert 3 Take 4 (3 attempts)
101. "Now, Glenn, I'm sorry, we're down a little bit again"
102. Variation 11 Insert 3 Take 5
103. "I don't like the feel of the line"
104. Variation 11 Insert 3 Take 6 (5 attempts)
105. "You would like to turn on some more lights out here"
106. Variation 11 Insert 3 Take 7 (3 attempts)
107. "Not very smooth. One more time"
108. Variation 11 Insert 3 Take 8 (3 attempts)
109. "Once more"
110. Variation 11 Insert 3 Take 9
111. "The last bar was no good" - Rehearsal Variation 12
112. Variation 12 Take 1
113. "Bruno, there are a couple of wrong notes"
114. Variation 12 Take 2
115. "Sorry. It was going well until"
116. Variation 12 Take 3
117. Rehearsal - "Oh boy, great"
118. Variation 12 Take 4
119. "Sorry, once again"
120. Variation 12 Take 5
121. "Sorry, this is a very tough piece" - false start
122. Variation 12 Take 6
123. "Rather interesting, too."
124. Variation 12 Take 7
125. "Again, please"
126. Variation 12 Take 8
127. "One note missing at the end"
128. Variation 12 Insert 1 Take 1
129. "Once more, please, with the same feed."
130. Variation 12 Insert 1 Take 2
131. "How were the levels, Sam?"
132. Variation 12 Insert 1 Take 3
133. "Looked good, looked very good"
134. Variation 12 Insert 1 Take 4
135. "Okay? - Okay, good" - Preparation for next take
136. Variation 13 Take 1
137. "Once more, please! - Rehearsal
138. Variation 13 Take 2
139. "Oh this, that was so good!"
140. Variation 13 Insert 1 Take 1 (not listed in tape sheet!)
141. "How about that?" - Preparation for next take - false start
142. Variation 13 Take 3
143. ? "I know this is deliberate or not"
144. Variation 13 Take 4
145. "How about that." - Rehearsal
146. Variation 14 Take 1
147. "Not bad. About three wrong..."
148. Variation 14 Take 2
149. "With a fix for the last two bars"
150. Variation 15 Take 1
151. "This is glorious, Glenn." - Preparation for next take
152. Variation 15 Take 2
153. "I think there was some conversation here"
154. Variation 15 Take 3
155. "How about that? Can we come?"
156. 333-- Preparation for next take
157. Variation 16 Take 1
158. "The first half was terrific"
159. Variation 16 Take 2 - cut off
160. "Once again" - Improvisation on J. S. Bach: Sarabande
161. Variation 16 Take 3
162. "The first half was no good" - Preparation for next take
163. Variation 16 Part II Take 1
164. "Oh shit, it was going well"
165. Variation 16 Part II Take 2
166. "A wrong note got in there" - Preperation for next take
167. Variation 16 Part II Insert 1 Take 1
168. "Once again"
169. Variation 16 Part II Insert 1 Take 2
170. "I keep doing that. Damn!"
171. Variation 16 Part II Insert 1 Take 3
172. "There was a wrong note, but I think we can fix it!"
173. Variation 16 Part II Insert 1 Take 4
174. "How about that? - That was absolutely clean" Preparation for next take
175. Variation 17 Take 1 - cut off
176. "Oh shit. The first half was good"
177. Variation 17 Take 2 - cut off
178. "Ha ha ha ha ha ha" - 2 false starts
179. Variation 17 Take 3
180. "How about that for a second? - Glorious!"
181. Variation 18 Take 1 - cut off
182. "Too many things" - Strike the ladder - Preparation for next take - false start
183. Variation 18 Take 2 - cut off
184. "Too many little things."
185. Variation 18 Take 3 - cut off
186. ? "Shit! I was doing wrong." Rehearsal /Waiting for video team
187. Variation 18 Take 4
188. "How about that? - Great absolutely perfect!" - Diskussion
189. Variation 18 Take 5 - cut off
190. "Again, please" - false start
191. Variation 18 Take 6
192. "I don't like the take particularly"
193. Variation 18 Take 7
194. "Okay, I still want to look at that one two back"
195. Variation 18 Take 8 - cut off
196. "Too many little things, but it was so good"
197. Variation 18 Take 9
198. "One note was not quite right" - false start
199. Variation 18 Take 10
200. "How about that? - Perfect!" - false start
201. Variation 8 Take 1
202. "You buy about three wrong notes"
203. Variation 3 (Remake) Take 1 - cut off
204. "Sorry, sorry, Glenn. I'm very, very so

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Limited 11 CD set. Forty years ago, on September 2, 1982 - the year of Michael Jackson's Thriller and Steven Spielberg's E.T. - Glenn Gould's legendary second recording of the Goldberg Variations closed a circle that his revolutionary 1956 recording of Bach's masterpiece had opened. While his first recording is the exuberant, fast-paced work of a 22-year-old pianistic prodigy, his second is the measured, richly detailed interpretation of an experienced studio artist. Just five weeks later, the Canadian pianist died unexpectedly, leaving the world a masterpiece of recording art that - awarded two Grammys - is still one of the most listened to classical albums worldwide. In Gould's 90th anniversary year and 40 years since the second album's first release, Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of Glenn Gould: The Goldberg Variations - The Complete Unreleased 1981 Recording Sessions, a uniquely detailed window into the creation of this classic recording. Across 11 CDs, the set includes the double GRAMMY-winning final release as well as everything committed to tape during the 1981 sessions, restored from the original ¼-inch analogue tapes and mastered using 24 bit / 96 kHz technology. As well as the takes themselves, the session recordings include Gould and the producers' conversations, all of which are transcribed in a hard-cover coffee-table book which also contains an annotated score.
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