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Bach: Two- And Three-Part Inventions / Glenn Gould


Release Date: 06/06/2006 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 678766   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Glenn Gould's 1964 recording of the Bach Two- and Three-Part Inventions needs little introduction to collectors, for the simple reason that Sony has reissued it umpteen times on CD. However, this latest incarnation via the label's newly reconstituted Great Performances series yields its fullest-sounding transfer yet. As a result, the piano's infamous middle-register "hiccup" effect that Gould charmingly describes in the booklet note is more pronounced, along with background rumble (the subway?) masked in previous editions.

But what's most important is that Gould divines more character and meaning from the Inventions than many pianists who've looked upon these works as little more than teaching pieces. I especially
Read more like how Gould creates a unifying arc by juxtaposing each two-part invention with its three-part counterpart in the same key, sometimes dovetailing non-stop from one piece to the next.

In addition to the aforementioned sonic improvement, Sony includes three unedited takes for the F major, B minor, and F minor Sinfonias that stem from the 1955 Goldberg Variations sessions. Although Gould rejected the recordings, they nevertheless came out on Sony's 2005 deluxe "Birth of a Legend" Goldbergs reissue. Three complete performances of these pieces from the same sessions appear here for the first time. If you've heard Gould's 1955 CBC broadcast of all 15 Sinfonias (CBC PSCD 2005), you'll know to expect more spontaneous and pianistically oriented interpretations than the relatively astringent 1964 remakes. For example, the B minor proves friskier and lighter in touch than the later version, while conversely, the F minor is a little broader, with more melodic inflection and discreet yet ravishing dabs of sustain pedal. God only knows what bells and whistles Sony's next Gould Bach Inventions re-re-re-re-issue may bring. Until then, the present release is the one to get.

– Jed DIstler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3.
Two-Part Invention no 2 in C minor, BWV 773 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4.
Three-Part Invention no 2 in C minor, BWV 788 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Two-Part Invention no 5 in E flat major, BWV 776 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6.
Three-Part Invention no 5 in E flat major, BWV 791 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
7.
Two-Part Invention no 14 in B flat major, BWV 785 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8.
Three-Part Invention no 14 in B flat major, BWV 800 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
9.
Two-Part Invention no 11 in G minor, BWV 782 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
10.
Three-Part Invention no 11 in G minor, BWV 797 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
11.
Two-Part Invention no 10 in G major, BWV 781 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 40 Secs. 
12.
Three-Part Invention no 10 in G major, BWV 796 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13.
Two-Part Invention no 15 in B minor, BWV 786 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
14.
Three-Part Invention no 15 in B minor, BWV 801 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This selection includes unedited studio session takes of Glenn Gould's recording of Bach's "Three-Part Invention no 15 in B minor, BWV 801."
Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC (06/06/1955 - 06/09/1955) 
15.
Two-Part Invention no 7 in E minor, BWV 778 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
16.
Three-Part Invention no 7 in E minor, BWV 793 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
17.
Two-Part Invention no 6 in E major, BWV 777 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
18.
Three-Part Invention no 6 in E major, BWV 792 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 50 Secs. 
19.
Two-Part Invention no 13 in A minor, BWV 784 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 
20.
Three-Part Invention no 13 in A minor, BWV 799 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
21.
Two-Part Invention no 12 in A major, BWV 783 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
22.
Three-Part Invention no 12 in A major, BWV 798 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
23.
Two-Part Invention no 3 in D major, BWV 774 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
24.
Three-Part Invention no 3 in D major, BWV 789 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
25.
Two-Part Invention no 4 in D minor, BWV 775 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
26.
Three-Part Invention no 4 in D minor, BWV 790 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
27.
Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
28.
Three-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 794 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: This selection includes unedited studio session takes of Glenn Gould's recording of Bach's "Three-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 794."
Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC (06/06/1955 - 06/09/1955) 
29.
Two-Part Invention no 9 in F minor, BWV 780 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
30.
Three-Part Invention no 9 in F minor, BWV 795 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: This selection includes unedited studio session takes of Glenn Gould's recording of Bach's "Three-Part Invention no 9 in F minor, BWV 795."
Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC (06/06/1955 - 06/09/1955) 

Sound Samples

Invention No. 1 in C Major, BWV 772
Sinfonia No. 1 in C Major, BWV 787
Invention No. 2 in C minor, BWV 773
Sinfonia No. 2 in C minor, BWV 788
Invention No. 5 in E-flat Major, BVW 776
Sinfonia No. 5 in E-flat Major, BWV 791
Invention No. 14 in B-flat Major, BWV 785
Sinfonia No. 14 in B-flat Major, BWV 800
Invention No. 11 in G minor, BWV 782
Sinfonia No. 11 in G minor, BWV 797
Invention No. 10 in G Major, BVW 781
Sinfonia No. 10 in G Major, BWV 796
Invention No. 15 in B minor, BWV 786
Sinfonia No. 15 in B minor, BWV 801
Invention No. 7 in E minor, BWV 778
Sinfonia No. 7 in E minor, BWV 793
Invention No. 6 in E Major, BWV 777
Sinfonia No. 6 in E Major, BWV 792
Invention No. 13 in A minor, BWV 784
Sinfonia No. 13 in A minor, BWV 799
Invention No. 12 in A Major, BWV 783
Sinfonia No. 12 in A Major, BWV 798
Invention No. 3 in D Major, BWV 774
Sinfonia No. 3 in D Major, BWV 789
Invention No. 4 in D minor, BWV 775
Sinfonia No. 4 in D minor, BWV 790
Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779
Sinfonia No. 8 in F Major, BWV 794
Invention No. 9 in F minor, BWV 780
Sinfonia No. 9 in F minor, BWV 795
Sinfonia No. 8 in F Major, BWV 794 (Complete Performance)
Sinfonia No. 15 in B Minor, BWV 801 (Complete Performance)
Sinfonia No. 9 in F Minor, BWV 795 (Complete Performance)
Sinfonia No. 8 in F Major, BWV 794 (Unedited Studio Session Takes)
Sinfonia No. 15 in B Minor, BWV 801 (Unedited Studio Session Takes)
Sinfonia No. 9 in F Minor, BWV 795 (Unedited Studio Session Takes)

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