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Glenn Gould – Canadian Music in the 20th Century (1967/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Glenn Gould – Canadian Music in the 20th Century (1967/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:06 minutes | 346 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Columbia Records

“Canada’s a place to live comfortably, amicably, and with reasonable anonymity.” Thus Gould’s response to a Toronto Telegram survey on “Canada Day.” The recording of these three works appeared during Canada’s centennial celebrations on 1 July 1967. A fourth piece, Ombres by Barbara Pentland, was recorded but not released until 1992.

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Edvard Grieg: Piano Sonata, Op. 7 / Georges Bizet: Nocturne & Variations Chromatiques – Glenn Gould (1973/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Edvard Grieg: Piano Sonata, Op. 7 / Georges Bizet: Nocturne & Variations Chromatiques – Glenn Gould (1973/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:51 minutes | 419 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Columbia Records

Gould as an “incorrigible romantic.” Instead of Schumann, Chopin, or Liszt he selected two unimaginably obscure rarities, referring to Grieg as a personal ancestor (“the composer was a cousin of my maternal great-grandfather”) and to Bizet’s Variations chromatiques as “one of the very few masterpieces for solo piano to emerge from the third quarter of the nineteenth century.”

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Berg, Schoenberg, Krenek – Piano Sonatas – Glenn Gould (1959/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Berg, Schoenberg, Krenek – Piano Sonatas – Glenn Gould (1959/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 48:18 minutes | 383 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Columbia Records/Sony Music

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Johann Sebastian Bach – The Toccatas, BWV 910-916 (complete) – Glenn Gould (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Johann Sebastian Bach – The Toccatas, BWV 910-916 (complete) – Glenn Gould (2012)
FLAC Tracks 24bit/44.1kHz | Time – 01:21:05 minutes | 721MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | ©  Sony Music
Recorded 1976-1979 at Eaton’s Auditorium, Toronto, Canada, and 30th Street Studio, New York City

There is an often-repeated adage that piano recordings of the Bach’s Toccatas, like those of the Goldberg Variations, fall into two categories: Glenn Gould and not Glenn Gould. These recordings embody the elements of Gould’s Bach without necessarily falling under the shadow of his larger-than-life musical persona. The performance style favours smooth legato, reserved ornamentation and an even balance between the hands. He is rarely tempted to emphasise fugal subjects or thematically significant bass lines. His touch is delicate rather than muscular; everything is confident and decisive but nothing is emphatic or overstated. Gould at his finest!

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J.S. Bach: The Partitas (complete) – Glenn Gould (2012) {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

J.S. Bach: The Partitas (complete) – Glenn Gould (2012)
PS3 Rip | 2 SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 66:03 (Disc 1), 71:07 (Disc 2) | 3.93 GB Total
2 Discs FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 1.77 GB Total
Japan Import | Year: 1959, 2012

This recording featuring Bach’s complete Partitas for keyboard are probably one of Glenn Gould’s most accessible and easy to digest interpretations, so it’s no surprise that Sony has chosen it for re-mastering on SA-CD.

Canadian pianist Glenn Gould first became famous for his daring interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on his debut album with Columbia. Featuring unusual tempis for some of the variations, crystal clear playing, and a dazzling technical virtuosity (especially in the way he played some variations lightning fast), the overall performance made many people see the work with completely new eyes. Even jaded connoisseurs found fresh insights in a seemingly rigid and formal piece of music and a performance that seemed to go against convention for piano interpretations of Bach keyboard works.

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Beethoven & Bach – Piano Concertos – Glenn Gould, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Golschmann (1958/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Beethoven & Bach – Piano Concertos – Glenn Gould, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Golschmann (1958/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:41:34 minutes | 443 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Columbia Records

Instead of Leonard Bernstein, the Columbia Symphony Orchestra was fronted this time by Vladimir Golschmann. Born in Paris to Russian émigrés in 1893 and head of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1931, Golschmann was one of the few conductors with whom Gould apparently never had problems, and vice versa. In the Beethoven concerto Gould played his own cadenza – with a noticeable nod to Max Reger…

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Beethoven & Bach – Piano Concertos – Glenn Gould, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (1957/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Beethoven & Bach – Piano Concertos – Glenn Gould, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (1957/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:52:06 minutes | 370 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Columbia Records

Gould’s first recording with orchestra, and his first studio collaboration with Leonard Bernstein, fourteen years his senior. “During the first portion of the concerto, Mr. Gould slid out from behind the piano and loped casually about the hall. He shook his head, waved his arms, beat time, and acted generally in a manner that any conductor less accustomed to the ways of genius might have found trying in the extreme. Bernstein took no notice.”

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3 & 15 – Glenn Gould (1980/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3 & 15 – Glenn Gould (1980/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:35:51 minutes | 816 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Columbia Records

Among the projects that Columbia had arranged with Gould were the complete recordings of Bach’s solo keyboard works and the Beethoven sonatas. Both were to remain unfinished. Long after becoming a concert drop-out, Gould now planned to become a “record drop-out”: “My contract with CBS runs a bit beyond my 50th year. After that, there is going to be a major change of gears, much as there was twenty years ago.”

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 – Glenn Gould, American Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski (1966/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 – Glenn Gould, American Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski (1966/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:42:40 minutes | 416 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Columbia Records

Gould’s sole collaboration with Leopold Stokowski, to whom he devoted a large radio portrait for the CBC in 1971. This musical “summit meeting” between the thirty-four-year-old Canadian and a maestro nearly half a century his senior caused yet another dream to come true: Gould’s first encounter with his revered Barbra Streisand, who was recording her latest album next door …

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 – Glenn Gould, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (1961/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 – Glenn Gould, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (1961/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:36:49 minutes | 365 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © Columbia Records

This was the concerto with which Gould gave his orchestral début, playing its first movement on 8 May 1946. “Who does the kid think he is, Artur Schnabel?” snorted one critic, while another touted the thirteen-year-old boy as a “genius.” Whatever the case, this was the Beethoven concerto he played most frequently in public—twenty-nine times.

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