The Goldberg Variations (album) by Glenn Gould

The Goldberg Variations
The Goldberg Variations by Glenn Gould (1956)
Overall rank: 2,346th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 89 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1956 (9th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1950s (41st)
Award Best albums of all time (2,346th)
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Glenn Gould - Goldberg Variations: 1955 Recordings [New Vinyl] 180 Gram
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The Goldberg Variations is ranked as the best album by Glenn Gould.

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-The Goldberg VariationsThe Two And Three-Part Inventions

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This album is rated in the top 2% of albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 80.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 81.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.4.

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From xhitmanx 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 RoundTheBend 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 colonelchibbers 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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