Video: Glenn Gould Plays the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach

Here’s the stu­dio video shot when Glenn Gould record­ed Bach’s Gold­berg Vari­a­tions in 1981. The now famous record­ing was released on CD/MP3. We’re adding this vin­tage clip to our Cul­ture Icons col­lec­tion, which fea­tures great artists and thinkers cap­tured in orig­i­nal video and audio.

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