Glenn Gould - Bach: Goldberg Variations





Product No.:
CSON M03350 SA
UPC: 886970335027

Hybrid Multichannel SACD

Hybrid Multichannel SACD

Hear Glenn Gould's renowned 1955 rendition of the Bach Goldberg Variations like you've never experienced it before. Zenph Studios has created a note-perfect re-performance of Glenn Gould's iconic 1955 recording exactly as he played it more than 50 years ago, by combining mathematics, technology and musical artistry. This new recording sounds as fresh, vibrant and intelligent as it was the day Gould originally played it – with one enormous difference – it is no longer trapped in the monaural sound of 1955!

Zenph Studio's innovative re-performance process precisely replicates the original recording, turning it into a nuanced live performance. Listeners are now able to go back to the moment of creation and experience Gould's playing as if they were in the room when the original recording was made.

What is a Zenph Re-Performance?
Zenph takes audio recordings and turns them back into live performances, precisely replicating what was originally recorded. The software-based process extracts and encodes the details of how each note was played, including musical nuances such as volume, articulation and pedal actions. The encoding is played back on an acoustic grand piano fitted with sophisticated computers and hardware, allowing listeners to experience the performance as if they were in the room when the original recording was made. This re-performance is then recorded afresh using the latest recording techniques. The result is a sonic rediscovery of an iconic twentieth-century recording.

The Goldberg Variations have been recorded afresh in state-of-the-art sound on a new Sony BMG Masterworks disc. The hybrid SACD/CD includes versions tailored for surround sound and headphone listening. This is the first of a series of discs by classical and jazz piano masters culled from the label’s archives, including Sergei Rachmaninoff and Art Tatum.

1. 1.-32. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
2. Zenph Studios Re-Performance Stereo Surround Version
3. 33.-64. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
4. Zenph Studios Re-Performance Binaural Stereo Version