| Paul S wrote:|
|Reggie, I've also made some critical observations about Gould's playing recently, while comparing his '55 and '81 Goldberg variations via my truly terrible company truck CD player.|
Yes, the best version of this cycle I have heard is the original '55 vinyl. But few have the original '55 LPs, let alone the 1S iteration.
Once we get into dubs, IMO all bets are off regarding which copy will offer the most of what, meaning, pick your poison. This is one reason for owning several copies of a seminal work.
Unfortunately, THE Sound is where we find it; vinyl, per se, is not a lock, by any means.
Fortunately, Gould's superb '55 Goldberg can survive a lot of mistreatment.
Although I listen almost exclusively to LPs, I am quite leary of vinyl culture that implodes upon itself, like all object worship must do.
The version I listened to is the '55 recording. Your last statement regarding your being leary of the vinyl culture makes a lot of sense. That said, in my listening experience with vinyl, which is admittedly far more limited compared to you guys, the majority of recordings -where I'm familiar or have both the CD and vinyl - the vinyl version almost always sounds better - but more to the point, invoves me so much more in the experience of listening.