The Goldberg Variations (studio album) by Glenn Gould

The Goldberg Variations by Glenn Gould
Year: 1956
Overall rank: 2,011th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Glenn Gould : Complete Goldberg Variations: A State of Wonder Classical Artists
Condition: Very Good

Glenn Gould: A State of Wonder - The Complete Goldberg Variations 1955 & 1981,
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Glenn Gould : Goldberg Variations (1981) Classical Composers 1 Disc CD
Condition: Very Good

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-The Goldberg VariationsJ.S. Bach: The Goldberg Variations

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From 11/07/2020 22:20
Grande pianista. Apesar da dificuldade técnica há sentimento!
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From 08/15/2019 19:08
Really good stuff. I found it hard to get into classical music because the pieces were too long. No such issue here.
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From 01/29/2016 05:01
I agree with the GoodSir. Reminds me a bit of some of Mozart's music... I felt it ran through algorithms of a scale instead of something emotionally moving. Still quite impressive and beautiful.

I think if I saw someone perform this live, it would move me differently... I've noticed this with "classical" music recordings.
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From 05/20/2015 04:57
I'm a pianist, and this is my favorite piano music of all time. Really tough to play stuff. Holding all of the counterpoint in your head is difficult stuff.
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From 11/14/2014 02:45
Obviously very technically impressive, though it doesn't do anything to particularly move me emotionally. I did enjoy it thoroughly despite that.
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