14 July 2022
By Ellie Palmer
The release commemorates what would have been Gould's 90th birthday and the 40th anniversary of his legendary re-recording of Bach's masterpiece
Sony Classical is set to release pianist Glenn Gould's Bach Goldberg Variations recording from 1981. The album is due to be released on 30 September 2022.
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.
Glenn Gould's Goldberg Variations recording is out on 30 September 2022
The 216-page book additionally features extensive documentation about the recording process including facsimiles of archival documents, a complete transcript of all studio conversations, as well as illuminating articles about the recording process – including the recollections of Richard Einhorn, one of the producers who worked with Gould on the recording.
Fascinating for any fans of this unique artist, this set documents and preserves a landmark recording, serves as a source for further research and offers captivating insights into the working methods of one of the greatest musical personalities of the 20th century.
Main image: ©Don Hunstein and Sony Classical