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ARTIST
TITLE
Bach: The Goldberg Variations
FORMAT
LP

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DOZ 419LP DOZ 419LP
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RELEASE DATE
2/17/2015

2015 repress. Born in Toronto in 1932, Glenn Gould was one of the most celebrated pianists of the 20th century. Particularly known for his interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach, his version of the Goldberg Variations, originally released by Columbia in 1955, is considered to be the finest ever recorded. In fact, many fans consider it to be the very pinnacle of Gould's recorded work. However, Gould was nothing if not an eccentric and it was well known that he had the habit of humming softly to himself while playing, which he does on this recording. Some have harshly criticized Gould for this, claiming that it ruins the piece, while many others, particularly his numerous fans, simply accept this as a side-effect of great genius. Originally published in 1741, this piece was one of the few to have been published in Bach's own lifetime.