By Penny Johnson, Contributing Author
More than four years ago, on September 25, 2006 – what would have been the seventy-fourth birthday of Glenn Gould – Zenph Sound Innovations, a music technology company based in Durham, North Carolina, recorded its debut re-performance® of the pianist’s historic 1955 recording of the Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach. Received with standing ovations, the event took place at the Glenn Gould Studio in downtown Toronto.
Originally released by Columbia Records more than fifty years ago, Gould’s famous recording has remained in circulation to this day. The recording however, was made in monaural format, just a year or so before stereo came out. In the film, Bach & Friends, by Michael R. Lawrence, Zenph founder, Dr. John Q. Walker explains that, “we’ve never had a chance to really experience what it sounds like to be in the room if Glenn Gould played, or to hear it from his point of view.” He adds that, “Glenn would have loved nothing better than to give live concerts without having to be there, and we make that possible.”