Tracking Surround: Glenn Gould SACD
|Bach: Goldberg Variations Sony Classical |
Performance •••• SACD ••••
Millions of listeners worldwide have been captivated by the depth of Gould's musicianship and by the dexterity and clear articulation of his technique - not to mention by the genius of Bach's composition. Before this recorded sensation occurred, the piece (when heard at all) was likely to be played on a more authentic instrument, the harpsichord. Gould, perhaps more than anyone else, is responsible for the acceptance of Bach's keyboard works on a modern grand piano.
Now, 24 years after his death and 52 years after his recorded performance, Zenph Studios (zenph.com) offers what it calls a "Re-Performance." Basically, Zenph has taken the original recording and transformed it into high-rez MIDI data, which was fed to a Yamaha Disklavier Pro concert-grand "player piano." That "Re-Performance" was then recorded for this Sony Classical hybrid SACD. Zenph claims to have captured all the nuances of Gould's interpretation, without the tape hiss of mid-1950s mono - or the pianist's humming "sing-along," which could sometimes be heard on the original recording. And the sonically pristine result appears here in three versions: stereo, binaural, and five-channel surround sound.