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    Default Glenn Gould

    Definately my favourite pianist of all time.
    Here's a thread for general talk about Glenn Gould, as I couldn't find any.

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    GG's definitely my #1 as well--although I do enjoy others for works which Gould eschewed.

    For example Gould played no Schubert, Chopin, or Debussy to speak of; he played only two Skryabin Sonatas as well--which is unfortunate, for he had intended to record the whole Skryabin cycle.

    For Schubert I prefer András Schiff.
    For Chopin, Claudio Arrau or Cyprien Katsaris.
    For Debussy, Pascal Rogé or Claudio Arrau.

    GG's Mozart has been harshly critized, but I grew up with it and I love it more than anyone else's.

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    It's a shame about some composers that he didn't play.
    I also enjoy his Mozart usualy.

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    He did play some Chopin actually.

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    Only one piece tho. That I know of?

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    Yes, the Third Sonata.

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    He's my favorite pianist, I especially enjoy his playing of Bach and Schoenberg

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    Is anyone familiar with his compositions?
    I personaly find that it's a real shame that most of his pieces are incomplete or lost.

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    Yes, Gould's performance of Chopin's Third Sonata is remarkable.

    As for GG's original compositions, really the only thing of any consequence is his f-minor String Quartet "Opus 1"--which is a very substantial work indeed of over ~:35mins. performance duration.

    I like it a lot. It's very much in the vein of Strauss, Reger, and early-Schönberg, early-Berg--like a complete synthetic mixture; but then, these are some of the composers Gould loved the most.

    He could play most of it on the piano.


    http://www.amazon.com/Gould-String-Q...f=cm_lmf_tit_9


    http://www.amazon.com/Glenn-GOULD-s-...hor_title_full

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    You forgot that among his compositions there are to be found several astounding radio documentaries, particularly the five that have been released on CD: the Solitude Trilogy and programmes on Casals and Stokowski. They are definitely some of my favorite things to listen to lately, particularly as I'm venturing into avant-garde/nouvelle vague films.

    As for Gould the pianist, I often find that nobody can match him. The only thing I've heard from him that I didn't immediately take a liking to was his recording of Bach's gamba suites with Leonard Rose. Even then I acknowledge that he had a very well thought out interpretation and carried it out with much aplomb.

    He's a genius, and for that he'll always be controversial.

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    Also if you want to include amongst Gould's 'compositions' or recompositions, his several transcriptions.
    Especially notable are his Wagner transcriptions.

    He said he played for himself Bruckner's Eighth on the piano: too bad we don't have his transcription of that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    his recording of Bach's gamba suites with Leonard Rose.
    Yeah, those recordings along with Bach's Violin Sonatas with Jamie Laredo have had a tough time being accepted.
    Perhaps like a rare vintage their time will yet come...

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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    You forgot that among his compositions there are to be found several astounding radio documentaries, particularly the five that have been released on CD: the Solitude Trilogy and programmes on Casals and Stokowski. They are definitely some of my favorite things to listen to lately, particularly as I'm venturing into avant-garde/nouvelle vague films.
    I love the one about Stokowski.

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    I like his string quartet aswell.

    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    ...the Solitude Trilogy and programmes on Casals and Stokowski. They are definitely some of my favorite things to listen to lately, particularly as I'm venturing into avant-garde/nouvelle vague films.
    This is new to me, I'm curious and will try to find it because I really want to listen to it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastien Melmoth View Post
    Also if you want to include amongst Gould's 'compositions' or recompositions, his several transcriptions.
    Especially notable are his Wagner transcriptions.

    He said he played for himself Bruckner's Eighth on the piano: too bad we don't have his transcription of that!
    I particularly love his transcription of the prelude of Die Meistersinger which I listen to very often. Listening to the counterpoint so defined on the piano is just beautiful.

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    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.)

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