2007-03-13

"Re-creating" Glenn Gould's 1955 Goldberg Variations

There has long been a tradition of trying to improve the "sound" of old classical recordings for the market. Some labels actually specialise in this practice. Usually, this involves minimising the background hiss and/or making the recording sounds "stereo".

What if there is now a totally new approach, one that relies on technology to "re-create" what it sounded like when, say, Glenn Gould recorded his legendary 1955 version of Bach's Goldberg Variations? Could this claim be too good to be true?

Is It Live ... or Yamaha? Channeling Glenn Gould (Edward Rothstein, New York Times, 12/3/07)

Ghostly Grand Piano: Technical Marvel Plays Like an Old Pro (Tim Page, Washington Post, 10/3/07)

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I have to say I am curious about how good this new technology is and whether it really can bring Glenn Gould back from the dead, since the 1955 Goldberg Variations is one of my all-time favourites.