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    Quote Originally Posted by Webernite View Post
    This guy's Youtube channel has some of the programmes Gould made: http://www.youtube.com/user/nonnader.../0/efYs0TuuKCM

    And, just so you know, I'm pretty sure that his Die Meistersinger Prelude is one of the recordings where he had to record himself playing the parts separately and then dub them over each other. I think it's because his transcription is unplayable by two hands only. See if you can hear it. (It's only in the last couple of minutes, though.)
    But there's a video of him playing it somewhere...?

    Thank you for the links!

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    There is a video of him playing it, but he stops before the end, for two reasons: (1) he gets bored and (2) it becomes unplayable. (I think I read somewhere that when he played it in private, he'd cut out some of the contrapuntal lines to make the whole thing playable.)

    Edit: But for the studio recording he wanted it to be perfect, so he decided on overdubbing instead.

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    Yes you're right, he doesn't play all of it. I was just listening to the recording again and I get it now. Thanks for clearing that out, I didn't notice it before.

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    I would never have noticed it either if I hadn't read about it somewhere. Goes to show how good the editing was.

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    Exactly, that's what I just thought.
    Shows how Glenn Gould really treated recording as an art itself.

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    True, but I think his technical people should get some credit as well!

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    Of course.

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    Did anyone see the new Glenn Gould film that's making the rounds?
    http://www.amazon.com/Genius-Within-...299958&sr=1-10

    Saw it last month: what a disappointment!

    Rather than lots of clips of GG playing, we get a bunch of wierdos banging on about their relationships with him--b o r i n g.

    Oh--and the 'great revelation' that he carried on an affair with Cornelia Foss. Big deal.

    I didn't even watch the film to the end; after a hour and a half of that crap, changed the channel.

    I so disliked the film that I won't even review it for Amazon--(hate to give low-star ratings).

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    Noooooo Are you serious?
    I've been waiting forever for a release of that film and it turns out to be bad?
    And now for something completely different.

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    Yeah, totally worthless.

    The best way to know Gould is (1) listen to his playing; (2) read Dr. Bazzana's book, Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould.

    http://www.amazon.com/Wondrous-Stran...5305132&sr=1-1

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    Because of Glenn Gould, I didn't give Mozart the light of day all through college.

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    There is a wonderful film about GG: Thirty-two Short Films about Glenn Gould

    It is well done (the same film makers did the movie "The Red Violin", also terrific).

    I'm a huge GG fan, most likely my favorite pianist if number of owned recordings is any indication. While there are some recordings that are sheer perfection, others are a bit harder to accept (thinking of the Mozart sonatas specifically). GG is always technically brilliant.

    An overlooked recording is the Brahms Ballades. GG has a way of finding polyphony where it not always so apparent to others. I would love to hear a recording of the Brahms concerto that he took at almost half-tempo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrTortoise View Post
    I would love to hear a recording of the Brahms concerto that he took at almost half-tempo.
    Funny thing about that recording is that now there are several "standard" recordings that have almost identical timings.

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    I think I saw that documentary on PBS, I thought it was decent and I had never heard of him before. it was on at the wee hours of the morning and i caught it right in the beginning. I was just getting ready to go to bed but i was so captivated I stayed up until 4 to finish it. Now i'm a huge fan!

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    I agree he is a ridiculously talented/skilled piano player. My one criticism is I find his singing with the music not enjoyable to listen to. It depreciates my enjoyment of his music.

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