Canadian pianist Glenn Gould was only 22 years old when he released his debut recording, and that 1955 traversal of Bach's Goldberg Variations proved to be a revelation. Decades later, Gould disparaged that version — he called it full of "things that pass for expressive fervor in your average conservatory" — and he recorded it twice more, in a 1959 Salzburg concert and a contemplative 1981 studio recording. But that brilliant debut still stands as a landmark.
As Bach Month continues on Classical New England and Goldberg Week wraps up at NPR Music, join us here today, March 23, at noon ET for an online listening party. We'll be streaming Gould's 1955 recording, and we've invited two special guests to join us to chat about the pianist's achievement. Pulitzer Prize-winning classical music critic, author and University of Southern California professor Tim Page — a Gould confidante — and Washington Post critic Anne Midgette will be on hand to take another listen with us. Have questions or comments about this recording for Anne and Tim? Join in the chat below.
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