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3.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

anonymouspianist ,

A good musician

Gould was an intelligent musician; I would never deny that. Unfortunately, though, he really ruined his technique early on. His 1955 recording of the Goldberg Variations is wonderful, but by this point, you can clearly hear the change in his playing - the hammers simply sound duller against the strings, and the color is gone from the sound. Intelligent musician or not, if you throw technique out the window, you will not be able to deliver a fully-satisfying performance. So his performances are still intelligent, but I honestly can't listen to them in any more than an academic sense. Get his earlier recording of the Goldberg Variations; that is the reason he is famous, and rightly so.

Lutestop ,

The performance...

I don't really like the way that these are performed. They're unexpressive I think, and they are usually too slow for my taste. There are better albums for these pieces out there.

riqiv ,

Absolutely Beautiful!!!

Kurt Vonnegut: "If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music."
This is as beautiful as I remember as a child listening to it.
Gould insisted on using a piano that was, from the technician's standpoint, unsalvageable, and the result is a few notes, especially the G above middle C, hiccuped when played. (I thought perhaps my ears were playing tricks on me!)
The humming and singing never bothered me, I had heard jazz musicians like Elvin Jones grunting and Thelonious Monk singing so I was astonished (and touched) to hear a classical musician so enraptured by Bach that he couldn't help but sing.
The recording is not with too much reverb and the playing inspired, sensitive, and beautiful!

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