This album is bits & pieces from gould's "greatest hits!"
firstname.lastname@example.org (stuart howard) | new york, new york | 12/27/1998
(2 out of 5 stars)
"glenn gould is, for my money, the finest interpreter of j.s. bach on record. the emotion he brings to any of bach's piano works wipes away, forever, the notion that bach wrote only "mathematical" compositions. this 2 cd set teases with snatches from gould's other albums. the photos in the enclosed booklet are silly. the comments in the same booklet are a tiny bit better than that. the only reason that i gave this album 2** was for gould's playing which cannot be dismissed. but: buy his other, complete albums. start with the double cd set of piano concerti or either recording he made of the "goldberg variations.""
An excellent introduction to Glenn Gould
Christopher Ingalls | Massachusetts | 12/04/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Glenn Gould is known primarily as an interpreter of the works of Bach, but he's done a lot more than that. So it's fitting that a two-disc compilation of Gould's work consists of a Bach-only disc and a second disc of non-Bach. Humorously titled "Glenn Gould Plays Bach" and "Glenn Gould Plays Not Bach," these discs show why Glenn Gould was such a revered pianist.Anyone who's a fan of Gould (or classical piano in general) should know that he is probably most famous for definive interpretations of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Excerpts from that piece are included here (along with other Bach works). Hopefully, listeners will take it upon themselves to buy a complete recording of this piece after hearing it here. Gould's playing is simply amazing. The second disc has Gould playing pieces by a number of composers, including Beethoven, Sibelius, Strauss, Haydn and many others. This is a wonderful collection, with lovely packaging, excellent sound quality and superb performances."
Great summary of Gould's talent with Bach
Didier Louvet | Saint Cloud | 02/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Someone stole this CD from my car, and I've been trying to buy it everywhere & anywhere. The first CD (Bach only) is fantastic in the way it shows different aspects of Bach's music. Second CD is less thrilling because of the broad mix of composer - but that's OK because the 1st CD is awesome."