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Glenn Gould...the Greatest Interpreter of Bach...?

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Jun 17, 2017 in Music by Virginia (7,565 points)
edited Jun 17, 2017 by Virginia

Actually, I suppose there is not much question here, that the answer is YES...but after Other Tink posted the Alison Balsom, I went to Glenn Gould and have been listening more or less ever since then...Balsom's love of music, her artistry, seems to make me think of Gould...

Also, both play mostly baroque, of course...anyway, here is Glenn Gould with a Bach composition he clearly loves very much...your thoughts, comments observations much appreciated. 

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TheOtherTink Jun 17, 2017

Yes, Gould is among my favorites.

And he even adds a voice to his performance that Bach probably never dreamed of. :D

But I like him anyway; it adds to his eccentric charm, which I'm not sure Bach would have approved of, but I think Mozart would.  :)

Virginia TheOtherTink Jun 17, 2017

O'Tink...I was one of the Gould interviews on YouTube, he called the theme of one movement of Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto as parochial, or absurd, something on that order, and Beethoven could only get away with such a travesty because of his strong personality...(or something)...

Well that particular Beethoven piece is one of my all-time favourites! But I really appreciate Gould's contemplations anyway...

TheOtherTink TheOtherTink Jun 17, 2017

@ Virginia,

Lol, the Emperor Concerto is SUPERB, I don't know what Gould could have meant, unless he was being deliberately outrageous. :D

Virginia TheOtherTink Jun 17, 2017

O'Tink...even as I watched Gould play the "despicable" theme with contempt...just hearing it, my heart thrilled again...I love listening to Gould's contemplations on the nature of music and composers, but occasionally I just, well, don't get it...

Rooster Jun 17, 2017

I'll have to listen to this later and make sure I'm not just a heathen! :D

Virginia Rooster Jun 17, 2017

Well Rooster I have my own definition of heathen, and you are NOT it!

TheOtherTink Rooster Jun 17, 2017

Hear, hear!

Marianne Rooster Jun 18, 2017

@Rooster, Virginia, T(h)ink

I couldn't help smiling and chuckling while reading your comments.

It is sunny today!

Good morning to all of you!


TheOtherTink Rooster Jun 18, 2017

Good morning/afternoon/evening to all:)

Virginia Rooster Jun 18, 2017

I was just checking the world clock for Geneva...prolly Marianne's time? Anyway, currently 7 PM 1 PM for O'Tink...Rooster and I are same time @ 10 AM...

The wonders of this digital age, no phone needed, nor cumbersome horse travel nor airplane travel/jet lag...we can carry on conversations at our convenience, our matter the time zone...

Marianne Rooster Jun 18, 2017

Lol - yes, it is funny with the time zones, and on-line messages make it easy. Formerly, with long distance phone calls, we had to be there either very early in the morning, or later in the evening - and often both.

Right now, it is 2 min. to nine p.m. - lol.


Marianne Jun 17, 2017

A delight for the ears!

But I don't know if Glenn Gould is the greatest of all the amazing artists loving and interpreting Bach, as many are "competing" worldwide, and each of them has his or her special way, touch, preferences and emotional expression.

Examples (all from Bach, but not the same "parts"):





Virginia Marianne Jun 17, 2017

Dear Marianne,

Your comment is very well taken, and an excellent a deep way, it is not really meaningful to try to designate one artist as 'greatest' that each of them brings something unique. A good reminder, thank you, as I am myself attempting to buy out of such socially conditioned value judgments...

I appreciated all of these, especially found Svetla Protich rendering of the Bach fugue very moving.

Marianne Marianne Jun 18, 2017

Yes, dear Virginia, each one of us is unique, and our tastes and emotions vary too. I think that, like you, T(h)ink shows one of the best examples about how to talk with the smiling "wait a minute" about our differences, our ideas or inspirations, exchange impressions, learn from each other and "update" and/or check things, and how to widen our "horizon".

Virginia Marianne Jun 18, 2017

:)  :P  <3

Marianne Marianne Jun 18, 2017


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