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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 - Glenn Gould (1968/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 (Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt)
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1968/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:39:15
Recorded: 1967-68

Joke, satire, irony, deeper significance: the back cover of Gould’s gripping recording contained four imaginary reviews by an English critic (Sir Humphrey Price-Davies), a Munich musicologist (Dr. Karlheinz Heinkel), an American psychiatrist (Prof. S. F. Lemming), and the American corres pondent to the Journal of the All-Union Musical Workers of Budapest. All were written by Gould himself …
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos. 30-32 - Glenn Gould (1956/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 30-32
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1956/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:55:09
Recorded: 1956


Sensation yields to scandal: Gould’s feisty and headstrong treatment of the final triptych in Beethoven’s pianistic “New Testament” outraged the critics no less than his sleeve notes, in which he claimed of op. 111 that “the piece is weak in spots; it needs greater speed. Especially the first movement is such a bad piece that I wanted to get on to the finale.”
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos. 16-18 - Glenn Gould (1973/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 16-18, Op. 31
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1973/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:57:52
Recorded: 1967, 1971, 1973


This was the last of five new recordings released in September 1973, appearing one day after the four others. It marked the end of a long and often convoluted process: the first bars of the op. 31 triptych were recorded in July 1960, the final session took place almost thirteen years later on 15 May 1973! Amazingly, none of this is evident in the sonatas themselves.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos. 12 & 13 - Glenn Gould (1983/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No. 12, Op. 26 & No. 13, Op. 27, No. 1
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1983/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:43:45
Recorded: 1979, 1981

Another Beethoven album. With this, Gould had turned out of a total of twenty-one of the thirty-two Beethoven sonatas—or perhaps twentytwo, for the “artist contract cards” of 1979-80 refer to a recording of the B-flat major Sonata, op. 22, that has never resurfaced. Several of the missing sonatas (the Largo from op. 7, the G-minor Sonata op. 49, no. 1, the A-major Sonata op. 101, the Hammerklavier op. 106) at least exist in the form of live CBC recordings.
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos. 8-10 - Glenn Gould (1967/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Beethoven: Sonatas for Piano No. 8-10, Op. 13 “Pathétique”, Op. 14, No. 1 & 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1967/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:41:58
Recorded: 1966

Amazingly, Gould’s third LP of Beethoven sonatas met with hardly any grumblings from the critics and was, all in all, warmly received. True, one reviewer spoke of “iconoclastic interpretations,” but acknowledged that it enabled listeners to discover a completely new Beethoven. Admittedly Gould’s Appassionata languished in the ice-box …
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 14 & 23 - Glenn Gould (1970/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 14 & 23
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1970/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:57:09
Recorded: 1966, 1967

Yet another scandal: Gould played the F-minor Piano Sonata, op. 57, at such a tortuously slow tempo that it seemed to fall into unrelated bits. “There is about the Appassionata – an egoistic pomposity, a defiant ‘let’s just see if I can’t get away with using that once more’ attitude—that on my own private Beethoven poll places this sonata somewhere between the King Stephen Overture and the Wellington’s Victory Symphony.”
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos. 5-7, Op. 10 - Glenn Gould (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos. 5-7, Op. 10
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:42:06
Recorded: 1964

The “scandal” surrounding Beethoven’s final triptych of sonatas (see No. 2) failed to rematerialize, but Gould remained true to his unorthodox interpretative approach and brazenly violated the composer’s instructions, changing the tempo of the F-major sonata at the opening of the firstmovement recapitulation and substituting a fortissimo for a pianissimo in movement 3 of the D-major Sonata.
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