GLENN GOULD WOULD possibly have beloved the compact disk. He was practically as keen on new methods of recording as he was while in the piano; for him, recordings were not just an appendix to concerts, but a satisfactory alternative for them.

Whilst Gould was much derided for his announcement that he was withdrawing from live performances and would henceforth be just a recording artist, the pianist had Completely ready explanations for anybody who cared to listen. Briefly, he was Fed up with what he known as the non-take-two-ness of your live performance encounter - the inability of a performer to right finger slips together with other insignificant issues.

He identified that the majority Imaginative artists are able to tinker also to great, but that the Reside performer will have to re-develop his function anytime he steps on to a phase. On top of that, Gould believed that an incredible conservatism overtook any artist compelled to accomplish the identical tunes repeatedly right until it became tricky, Otherwise not possible, to maneuver on.

There have been a posthumous re-evaluation of Goulds philosophy, and what appeared eccentric in 1964 appears to be significantly less so currently. Heritage may well conclude that Gould was the only real sane musician of the century, and his colleagues who function the continents like touring salesmen, unpacking their hearts from Altoona to Vancouver, may well appear as pathetic to our grandchildren as being the bowing and scraping geniuses in the 18th century appear to us, Evan Eisenberg wrote in his initial and far-necessary current guide, The Recording Angel: Explorations in Phonography.


Mainly because Gould cared a great deal of about clean up audio - he loathed the surface sounds of his information, shunned cassettes and, at home, played his new music on open up-reel, Qualified-high-quality tape recorders - one can certainly visualize him obtaining the compact disk attractive. In any occasion, his recordings, especially Individuals of Bach, transfer fantastically to the new structure. What has disturbed several listeners, myself provided, regarding the compact disk has become its broad dynamic vary; in orchestral tunes, it's quite challenging to established a uniform quantity amount that will simply assist you to hear a tender solo clarinet passage without driving you out from the place in full crescendos. Nevertheless the piano is a lot more contained, specially when the pianist is Gould, who eschewed dynamic shading in his Bach recordings for the tactile, linear clarity.

So Goulds Bach disks are an ideal introduction on the CD, and they are gradually remaining reissued by CBS Masterworks. There's also some Reside Gould performances that have discovered their strategy to CD in Italy and Sweden but are certainly not but imported into America, like a Goldberg Variations taped at the Salzburg festival in 1959 which is substantially distinct from both of your pianists two studio recordings on the operate.

Because it comes about, only the latter of those, produced in 1981, is transferred to CD To date (CBS MK 37779). Undoubtedly It's not necessarily just the odd circumstance of its initial overall look in document merchants the week that Gould died in 1982 that offers this overall performance its perception of a grave, measured summation. It is most likely essentially the most deliberate overall performance from the Goldberg Variants on disk, cautiously prepared and steadily executed. While Goulds unique 1955 studio recording had been fleet, impulsive and exultant in its virtuosity, the 1981 overall performance is much more considerate, even ruminative, culminating inside of a twenty fifth variation of utter understatement and anti-theatricality that some discover austere Which I find profoundly going.

Gould produced studio recordings of the vast majority of big keyboard performs of Bach; the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue as well as the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 (of which There's a magnificent Stay overall performance Using the Detroit Symphony) would seem to be The 2 big exceptions. He recorded all 48 preludes and fugues with the two guides with the Well-Tempered Clavier, many of them more than at the time. The performances date through the early nineteen sixties with the early seventies, the latter time period most likely Goulds most willful and eccentric.

In several of the afterwards performances, There's a detached, Webernian high quality to your participating in that at times seems scientific. Certainly, extra typically, a single is dazzled because of the racing, joyful Power of Goulds playing. This is often Probably the most involving surveys with the Nicely-Tempered Clavier I understand (M3K 42266, three disks), and should stand with The good performances by Edwin Fischer, Ralph Kirkpatrick (on harpsichord) along Studio Vancouver with the Newer traversal by Andras Schiff.

Another Bach performances by Gould which have recently been transferred to CD involve the French Suites (MK 42267), the Toccatas and Inventions (M2K 42269, two disks), as well as English Suites and the Overture while in the French Style (M2K 42268, two disks). A single hopes there'll be more - the concertos, the 1955 Goldberg Variations, the Partitas and maybe many of the Stay performances, which should refute, the moment and for all, the bizarre but commonplace Idea that Gould couldnt play concert events.

Naturally, Gould was a great deal more than simply a Bach professional, but only two of his many recordings of Romantic and twentieth-century audio are actually issued on CD so far. Amongst his most lovely recordings was his disk of Brahms Intermezzos through the early 1960s, out there only on LP and cassette; quickly right before his Demise Gould returned into the studio to generate a next Brahms album, this one dedicated to the four Opus ten Ballades and the two Opus seventy nine Rhapsodies (MK 37800). It is an uneven disk, alternately rigid and lyrical, and has Not one of the luminous, fin-de-siecle melancholy that characterizes the earlier record.

However, an album dedicated to the teen-age piano songs of Richard Strauss (MK 38659), Goulds very last recording, is as loving and correct a valedictory as a single might have wished. He understands this new music completely - its mixture of impulse and formality, prefigurations from the 20th century and Mendelssohnian sentiment. Sadly, this supreme perfectionist never ever lived to shepherd this recording through CBS: on each the LP and also the CD there is a unexpected and disconcerting pitch fluctuation about thirty seconds into the 2nd of Strausss Five Parts for Piano.

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