Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. The Goldberg Variations is the last recording to appear in Glenn Gould's lifetime, completing the discographical circle that had begun so spectacularly with the same work in 1955. The recently discovered analog reels from the legendary 1981 recording sessions for the Goldberg Variations have been used for this new remaster for a true analog experience. In 1955 Glenn Gould signed his exclusive contract with Columbia Masterworks, and remained with the label until his untimely death in 1982. Gould's first release, Bach's Goldberg Variations, took the music world by storm, and immediately established the 22-year-old Canadian pianist as one of the most brilliant, original, charismatic and provocative classical performers of his time. Few pianists are so easily identifiable as Gould, whose rhythmic acuity, breathtakingly clean articulation and scintillating technical aplomb still leave a formidable individual imprint, from his brashly controversial Mozart Sonata cycle and spacious Brahms Intermezzi to his fiercely committed 20th-century music interpretations and, of course, his bracing, joyous and highly influential Bach.