Saturday, April 08, 2006

Pure Gould!

This post from A.C. Douglas explores, briefly, some aspect of Glenn Gould's style. I spent much of last night listening to Gould's Goldberg Variations, both the remastered 1981 and 1959 Salzburg recordings. I agree with Douglas, in that, when one listens to Gould, there is no doubt that the score should sound exactly like he plays it. It seems as though he is recomposing the piece as he goes along, so clear is his approach and rendition. The structures are clear and obvious when he performed. The same cannot be said for others.

Pardon the pun on the vile surtitles for The Great Wotan-sby, er, Rheingold.


At 2:22 PM, Blogger Terry said...

I think there should be a rule that you actually have to sit through the vile subtitles to be able to make a joke about them. Something like fraternity pledgeship.

I really wanted to punch Donner in that production. And Froh...looked like Bryce Chitwood....

At 8:20 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Smith said...

I am proud to be an independent. There isn't a snowball's chance in Hell that I would willingly undergo torture on the level of those surtitles.

I heard that Donner and Froh were preppies of the first order. I am partial to the portrayal in Kupfer's Rheingold.


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