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Top Five Glenn Gould Bach Recordings

Glenn Gould recorded more than sixty records, and while the majority of them may not be Bach, the plurality certainly are.  And though many of the rest of the records are a joy to listen to, the greatest joy for … Continue reading

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Top Five Glenn Gould Records That Aren’t Bach

  Glenn Gould is best known as a Bach keyboard music specialist, and despite his protests to the contrary, that’s clearly his oeuvre’s biggest strength.  Nonetheless, Gould did record a bunch of other things, and many of them have given … Continue reading

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The Last Glenn Gould Records – Beethoven, Scarlatti, CPE Bach, Gould, Scriabin, Haydn, JS Bach, Brahms, Strauss

These weren’t the last recordings Gould planned; they weren’t meant as some sort of departing “testament” to the world.  Gould’s death, though predictable in hindsight, wasn’t something he had planned for or desired (at least not consciously).  These last seven … Continue reading

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Gould Records 50-55 – Bach, Hindemith, Sibelius

Gould’s frequent protestations in interviews notwithstanding, he really was a Bach specialist, so far as I can tell.  It’s strange that when asked about his favorite composer, he usually answered Orlando Gibbon, of whose music he recorded something like 12-20 … Continue reading

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Gould Recordings 39-49 – Grieg, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Hindemith, Wagner

This batch of Gould records (which includes recordings from 1973-1976) was less interesting, as a whole, than the previous batches, though there were some bright spots.  I listened to most of them enough times to feel reasonably sure in my … Continue reading

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Glenn Gould and glenn gould on Beethoven

…you… have clearly developed a resentment pattern in relation to those tunes… You resent the fact that… those motives … can be sung, whistled, or toe-tapped by anyone–any laymen. — “Glenn Gould Interviews Himself about Beethoven” Gould slips this admittedly elitist … Continue reading

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Gould Recordings 27-38 (Mozart, Bach, Schumann, Beethoven, Byrd, Gibbons, Schoenberg, Handel)

This is a pretty eclectic bunch of recordings.  Probably my favorites in this cluster are #35 -“Consort of Musicke Bye William Byrde and Orlando Gibbons,” followed by #38 – the Handel Suites, as a close second.  The three Mozart recordings … Continue reading

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The Glenn Gould Reader

I just finished the compilation of things Gould wrote and have been collected by Tim Page in The Glenn Gould Reader.  I’m guessing a lot of the excerpts in here are available elsewhere online.  I’ve extracted some quotations that might spark … Continue reading

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Glenn Gould’s Beethoven First and Second Piano Concertos

Of all the first 30 or so recordings or so – most of which I’ve listened to in a pretty focused way, on multiple occasions – the five Beethoven piano concerto recordings have been the ones I’ve returned to most … Continue reading

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Gould Recordings 16-26 – Bach, Beethoven, Beethoven/Liszt, Schoenberg

You could call these recordings Gould’s “later early period” maybe, running from 1962-1967.  I’ll try to stick to one paragraph per recording.  Once again, I was able to find everything on Spotify.  If you follow me there you can get … Continue reading

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