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Gould Recordings 11-15 – Brahms, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Schoenberg, R. Strauss

This is a broad range of music; I’ve tried my best to devote a paragraph to each recording.  I also intend (soon) to write longer entries about Gould’s Beethoven Concertos, and also the Glenn Gould record collection I’ve started.  Once … Continue reading

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Gould’s “Solitude Trilogy” – 3 Radio Documentaries

Surprisingly, these documentaries have nothing to do with music. The first, called “The Idea of North” (1967) documents the experiences of southern Canadians travelling to or dwelling in the extreme northern reaches of the country.  Next comes “The Latecomers,” (about the … Continue reading

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Gould Recordings 4-9 and an Interview

I’ll talk about the interview first.  It’s called “At Home with Glenn Gould” and is in 9 8-minute segments on YouTube if you want to listen.  It’s from the late 50’s, and shed a lot of light on my experiences … Continue reading

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Two Concertos (Concerti?)

The third major-release record Gould recorded again pairs Bach and Beethoven.  Gould selected Beethoven’s 2nd, in B Flat Major, and Bach’s D Minor Concerto.  They’re both three-movement concertos, following the common three-movement tempo pattern of medium-slow-fast.  Gould was often quoted … Continue reading

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Gould’s First Two Columbia Recordings – Bach and Beethoven

It’s surprising how different these two recordings are – Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Beethoven’s 30th-32nd sonatas.  They both bear the mark on the same performer, and though I still don’t know that I’m qualified to say things like “this performer’s … Continue reading

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Gould the Hipster – Early Recordings and Composition

The one thing you’ll find in any reading about Glenn Gould is that he “burst onto the scene” in 1955 with his first recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.  He did, however, compose, perform and record music prior to then.  He … Continue reading

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The Glenn Gould Project

Quick – who’s your favorite introverted left-handed Canadian genius?  (Other than Nates of course…) I’ve been looking for a successor to the Dostoevsky reading project for some time, but I think I’ve finally admitted to myself, there just won’t be … Continue reading

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