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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2004 8:15 pm    Post subject: Glenn Gould Reply with quote

Yo, I'd just like to make a topic just about this truly great dude Glenn Gould. I don't know that much about him, so hopefully I'll learn some more. I have him playing Rondo Alla Turka on CD, and my god it's brilliant... He plays the rolled chords on the last page in this way that I've always tried to imitate, but I never figured out how to do it... Maybe I'll post it. It's really unbelievable how he plays it so beautiful...
Yeah, so maybe recommend me some recordings of his.
Does he play any Liszt? I'm pretty sure he doesn't, but I'm not completely sure.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2004 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

he played liszt's transcription on beethoven's symphonys, does it count?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2004 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like his mozart, but his bach is superb and unique.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2004 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

his goldberg variations are supposedly definitive

he hated Chopin yet recorded his 2nd sonata
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2004 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

His Mozart is definitely some of my favourite (second to Schiff), but do yourself a favour and listen to his Haydn! Wonderful. It's too bad he didn't record all of the sonatas. Anything by Bach recorded by Gould is worth getting (be sure to look into his concertos, WTC, and Art of the Fugue) and many of the Beethoven recordings he did are wonderful. In particular, I like the Hammerklavier, Op. 109, op. 27 no. 1, and the first two concerti. Also listen to his Grieg sonata recording and anything he recorded by Berg, Brahms, or Strauss. Finally, you absolutely must hear his Schoenberg suite!

For the Goldberg Variations, though, I would recommend Schiff's over Gould's. Get Gould, perhaps, for a definitive recording of how they "should" sound, but get Schiff's for the most beautiful music and stunning interpretation around. Well, ok, the latter recording of Gould's is definitely worth it, for a much more reserved, personal take on them. Schiff's only competes with the 1955 version, imo.

I don't know why people don't like his Mozart, though. I think it's superb.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the only goldbergs i have are gould's i can't imagine hearing one better than the 1955 version although i haven't really listened carefully to the 1981 version. His WTC is also incredible. I really need to get some of his non-bach recordings but i think i'll start with Beethoven and Haydn before Mozart. I love his eccentricities particularly the humming ( especially on the art of piano dvd). He also had a great (albeit slightly wierd) sense of humour. If you wanna find out more about the man himself check this out:

http://archives.cbc.ca/IDD-1-68-320/arts_entertainment/glenn_gould/
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeliness2 wrote:
I don't like his mozart, but his bach is superb and unique.


I think he's probably one of the best Bach interpreters of our time.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He is indeed my favorite Bach interpreter, very emotional and if that's not enough.. he's Canadian! Very Happy There's even a school in the conservatory named after him.. the Glenn Gould Professional School of Music. Or something like that. Wink Anyways, he is truly unique, he plays every piece with a completely different atmosphere which keeps me watching.. and Bach has always been my second favorite composer. Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

he had aspergers syndrome too....
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Comme_le_Vent wrote:
he had aspergers syndrome too....


He was quite wierd. Rocking on the chair while playing, humming while playing, sometimes singing ( in the Art of the Piano DVD), making funny faces, conducting when he played with one hand,.....

But I love his Bach. Too bad he died soo early. Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

not that early, he was 50
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Comme_le_Vent wrote:
not that early, he was 50



Yeah, 1982, but still that's too young, look at Rubinstein!!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and sorabji - 96

and the mofo of them all - ornstein who lived 1892-2002

110 years....dayum
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Horowitz lived kind of long too.. but I would really like him to still be alive. Crying or Very sad

And yeah, I've seen him sing while playing before! Wink And also, in passages where one hand plays no notes, he'll wave it around to the music.. genius! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gould's playing is very great, especially Bach's music. His Goldberg Variations, Well-Tempered Clavier, and anything other keyboard music of Bach is exquisitely played, and his touch and rhthym is perfect for Bach's music. His idiosyncrancies are unique as well; he hummed a lot while playing, and had some disorder that made him very interested in only one certain subject, in this case Bach's music.
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