Beethoven: Emperor Concerto

Beethoven: Emperor Concerto

by Glenn Gould
     
 

Glenn Gould and Leopold Stokowski's 1966 Columbia recording of Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto" is so entertaining that trying not to laugh out loud while listening would make a good drinking game. The two can't seem to agree on the essential character of the piece, and hearing them argue back and forth is downright hilarious. First, StokowskiSee more details below

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Glenn Gould and Leopold Stokowski's 1966 Columbia recording of Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto" is so entertaining that trying not to laugh out loud while listening would make a good drinking game. The two can't seem to agree on the essential character of the piece, and hearing them argue back and forth is downright hilarious. First, Stokowski and the American Symphony land with both feet on a big fat orchestral tutti, then Gould enters and nonchalantly noodles his way up the piano to the slowest trill in creation. Stokowski jumps on a second tutti and Gould picks up the thread and wanders off into another lazy trill, humming all the way (as he always did while playing). Stokowski slams a third tutti and Gould rambles. If Groucho Marx was conducting and Chico Marx was playing the piano, it couldn't be any funnier. So it goes with Stokowski playing the music as if it's essentially heroic and Gould playing it as if it's meant for Looney Tunes. In the end, Stokowski proves the more stubborn, and he never allows the performance to give over to Gould's blandishments. While it's undeniably odd to hear two musicians argue so noticeably in performance -- Stokowski with his mainstream Romanticism, Gould with his straight-faced Dadaism -- one cannot help but enjoy the ride.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2008
Label:
Sony Bmg Europe
UPC:
0886971479829
catalogNumber:
714798
Rank:
4415

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  1. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Glenn Gould  - Leopold Stokowski  -  American Symphony Orchestra

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