Thursday, February 12, 2015

Glenn Gould Plays Bach (The Partitas)

The six Partitas were composed between 1726 and 1730, and first published in 1731 in a collection marked Opus 1 (as this was Bach's first published opus). Suites of popular dance movements like the Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gigue, etc. were common and popular at the time, but Bach's auspicious 'debut' transcends everything that was so far done in this area, and has never been parallelled since, except perhaps by Bach's own French and English Suites.
The subtitle Clavichord Practice (Clavier Übung) should be understood in a musical rather than pedagogical sense, for these are works of the highest musicality and virtuosity. According to the Bach biographer J.N. Forkel, these works made a big impact on the musical scene of the time. "Never before had such excellent compositions for the clavier been seen or heard. Anyone who had learnt to perform well some pieces out of them, could make his fortune in the world thereby". The Partitas soon gained a reputation for their technical demands, and even now, they are the prerogative of only the greatest of keyboard players.
The set of Partitas were later included as part I of an even more ambitious project, the Clavier Übung (four sets of keyboard pieces for harpsichord and organ, containing besides the Partitas, the Italian Concerto, French Ouverture, Goldberg Variations, and organ works).

Source : http://www.pianosociety.com/cms/index.php?section=99

Glenn Gould
Plays
Johann Sebastian Bach 
(1685-1750)

The 6 Partitas
Preludes, Fugues & Fughettas

Tracks

Cd. 1

Partita n° 1 in B-Flat major, BWV825
1 I. Praeludium  1:51
2 II. Allemande  1:54
3 III. Corrente  1:43
4 IV. Sarabande  3:08
5 V. Menuet I; Menuet II  1:25
6 VI. Giga  1:19

Partita 2 in C minor, BWV826
7 I. Sinfonia  4:11
8 II. Allemande  3:14
9 III. Courante  1:47
10 IV. Sarabande  2:34
11 V. Rondeaux  1:34
12 VI. Capriccio  1:46

Partita 3 in A minor, BWV827
13 I. Fantasia  1:45
14 II. Allemande  2:04
15 III. Corrente  2:02
16 IV. Sarabande  2:00
17 V. Burlesca  1:45
18 VI. Scherzo  0:53
19 VII. Gigue  1:25

Partita 4 in D major, BWV828
20 I. Ouverture  5:33
21 II. Allemande 6:24
22 III. Courante  3:40
23 IV. Aria  1:25
24 V. Sarabande  4:53
25 VI. Menuet  1:14
26 VII. Gigue  1:42

Partita 5 in G major, BWV829
27 I. Praeambulum  1:46
28 II. Allemande  1:51
29 III. Corrente  0:40
30 IV. Sarabande  2:03
31 V. Tempo di Minuetta  1:04
32 VI. Passepied  0:33
33 VII. Gigue  1:53

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Cd. 2

Partita 6 in E minor, BWV830
1 I. Toccata  9:55
2 II. Allemanda  2:06
3 III. Corrente  2:21
4 IV. Air  0:44
5 V. Sarabande  3:43
6 VI. Tempo di Gavotta  0:53
7 VII. Gigue  3:31

Six Little Preludes
8 N° 1 in C major, BWV933  1:19
9 N° 2 in C minor, BWV934  3:32
10 N° 3 in D minor, BWV935  1:24
11 N° 4 in D major, BWV936  1:58
12 N° 5 in E major, BWV937  1:26
13 N° 6 in E minor, BWV938  2:56

Prelude & Fughetta
14 in D minor, BWV899- 1. Prelude  1:34
16 in G major, BWV902- 1. Prelude  3:21
17 in G major, BWV902a- 2. Prelude  0:53
18 in G major, BWV902- 3. Fughetta  0:55

From Nine Little Prelude
19 C major, BWV924  1:45
20 F major, BWV927  0:36
21 D minor, BWV926  0:48
22 D major, BWV925  0:56
23 F major, BWV928  1:08
24 G minor, BWV930  3:20

Three Little Fugues
25 I. C major, BWV952  1:17
26 II. C minor, BWV961  2:25
27 III. C major, BWV953  1:17

Prelude & Fugue in A minor
28 BWV895- 1. Prelude  1:30
29 BWV895- 2. Fugue  1:41

30 Prelude & Fugue in E minor, BWV900- 1. Prelude  1:27
31 Prelude & Fugue in E minor, BWV900- 2. Fugue  2:23

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Glenn Gould - p

Recorded between 1957 & 1980

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11 comments:

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you Mel. It's good to have this one again.

Frasco said...

Thank you! I have such small amounts of Gould in my pockets.

horacio said...

Thank you very much!!

swamielmo said...

thank you very much mel, gould is always interesting. have you heard him play haydn? a bientot

laconico said...

Nice choice, thank you.

worldbflat said...

Thanks, haven't heard all Partitas, will be nice.

hamfat said...

Thank you Melanchthon - I love Glenn Gould and only have to decide where to begin with all you've uploaded.
I haven't had any of these since I bought them on cassette in the 80s.
I love the Schnabel and the Szeryng too, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Super post from Glenn Gould,thank you for your effort!

Anonymous said...

Super post from Glenn Gould,thank you for your effort!

Melanchthon said...

artwork
http://www64.zippyshare.com/v/Z5CHOZv0/file.html
Cd. 1
http://www76.zippyshare.com/v/XZ49tGCL/file.html
http://www76.zippyshare.com/v/uBEwOnKn/file.html
Cd. 2
http://www76.zippyshare.com/v/oeGq3ibB/file.html
http://www76.zippyshare.com/v/BGpZdtFE/file.html

Ананасий Непитин said...

these old-fashioned Columbia masterworks releases have sonic features much closer to the vinyl originals, than later those of Sony with their re-balanced and 'refurbished', reduced to more stainweighish sound...

preferable by any means.
thanks a lot, dear Mel!