Glenn Gould in Beethoven sonatas

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Glenn Gould in Beethoven sonatas

Any view on this? There are recordings available out there. Worth the money?

No. Absolutely not. Even for

No. Absolutely not. Even for a hardened Gould fan, they are awful. 

janeeliotgardiner wrote:

janeeliotgardiner wrote:

No. Absolutely not. Even for a hardened Gould fan, they are awful. 

 

In what sense?

SteinarLund wrote:

SteinarLund wrote:

 

janeeliotgardiner wrote:

 

No. Absolutely not. Even for a hardened Gould fan, they are awful. 

 

 

 

In what sense?

 

They are hopelessly idiosyncratic. Downright weird, in fact. Far too much stacatto, where there isn't any staccatto marked, and lots of strange interpretative touches. Also, the piano sound is very wearying: shallow and clattering.  Listen on youtube etc if you want to see for yourself. It won't take long to find out if you like or not.

I speak as a Gould fan - especially in Bach.

Zenph

I'd recommend the Zenph recording of the 1955 Goldberg Variations. It's Glenn Gould and not Glenn Gould.

goofyfoot

janeeliotgardiner wrote:

janeeliotgardiner wrote:

 

SteinarLund wrote:

 

 

janeeliotgardiner wrote:

 

No. Absolutely not. Even for a hardened Gould fan, they are awful. 

 

 

 

In what sense?

 

 

 

They are hopelessly idiosyncratic. Downright weird, in fact. Far too much stacatto, where there isn't any staccatto marked, and lots of strange interpretative touches. Also, the piano sound is very wearying: shallow and clattering.  Listen on youtube etc if you want to see for yourself. It won't take long to find out if you like or not.

I speak as a Gould fan - especially in Bach.

 

Ok. Thank you! :)

janeeliotgardiner wrote:

janeeliotgardiner wrote:

 

SteinarLund wrote:

 

 

janeeliotgardiner wrote:

 

No. Absolutely not. Even for a hardened Gould fan, they are awful. 

 

 

 

In what sense?

 

 

 

They are hopelessly idiosyncratic. Downright weird, in fact. Far too much stacatto, where there isn't any staccatto marked, and lots of strange interpretative touches. Also, the piano sound is very wearying: shallow and clattering.  Listen on youtube etc if you want to see for yourself. It won't take long to find out if you like or not.

I speak as a Gould fan - especially in Bach.

 

Ok. Thank you! :)

I have to agree with Jane

I have to agree with Jane about Gould's Beethoven.  He is very wayward to the point where I would almost describe it as being Gouldhoven.  There is just too much distortion of the articulation, meter and structure of the music. 

 

Like Jane, I am a fan of Gould's Bach which I find illuminating, but I would suggest giving his Beethoven a wide berth other than as an example of how much interpretation can affect your reaction to music.

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