Perhaps only Glenn Gould was audacious enough to rush through Bach's exquisite fifth partita in under ten minutes. But what an exciting and sublime ten minutes, so full of joy and compassion! Recorded in 1957, this was the first partita he recorded, but he hated the recording. He commented in 1968, "It was absolutely my favorite Bach partita. So favorite that I played it on virtually every program. When I would first play in Leningrad, that would be the feature work of the first half of the program, ditto in Moscow, et cetera. When I came back from that tour I decided to record it, and it was, I swear, the worst Bach recording that I've ever made. It was also the most pianistic. It was perhaps the one that the connoisseur of the piano would like best; it's the one that I like least, because it's least Bach, it's least me (vis-a-vis Bach in any case). it's full of all sorts of dynamic hang-ups; it's full of crescendi and diminuendi that have no part in the structure, in the skeleton of that music, and defy one to portray the skeleton adequately." Gould apparently disdained the fire and passion, the impetuosity, with which he imbued this recording.
Listen and decide for yourself: