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The last recording to appear in Gould’s lifetime, completing the discographical circle that had begun so spectacularly with the same work in 1955. “I would like to think that there is a kind of autumnal repose in what I’m doing, so that much of the music becomes a tranquilizing experience. It would be nice if what we do in the recorded state could involve the possibility of some degree of perfection, not purely of a technical order, but also of a spiritual order.”

Bach: Goldberg Variations (1981 Digital Recording)

Released: 1982

    Disc 1

  1. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Aria
  2. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 1 a Clav.
  3. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 2 a 1 Clav.
  4. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all'Unisono
  5. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 4 a 1 Clav.
  6. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  7. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 6 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda
  8. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav. Al tempo di Giga
  9. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 8 a 2 Clav.
  10. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 9 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza
  11. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 10 a 1 Clav. Fughetta
  12. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 11 a 2 Clav.
  13. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 12. Canone alla Quarta
  14. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 13 a 2 Clav.
  15. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 14 a 2 Clav.
  16. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 15 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta. Andante
  17. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 16 a 1 Clav. Ouverture
  18. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 17 a 2 Clav.
  19. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 18 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Sesta
  20. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 19 a 1 Clav.
  21. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 20 a 2 Clav.
  22. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 21. Canone alla Settima
  23. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 22 a 1 Clav. Alla breve
  24. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 23 a 2 Clav.
  25. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 24 a 1 Clav. Canone all'Ottava
  26. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 25 a 2 Clav. Adagio
  27. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 26 a 2 Clav.
  28. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 27 a 2 Clav. Canone alla Nona
  29. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 28 a 2 Clav.
  30. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
  31. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Variation 30 a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
  32. Goldberg Variations; BWV 988: Aria da capo