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Glenn Gould and Serenity
     

Glenn Gould and Serenity

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by Glenn Gould
 
"The purpose of art," wrote Glenn Gould, "is not the momentary ejection of adrenaline but the gradual and lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity." This philosophy underlined not only his career choices (notably, retiring from the public arena of the concert hall to the monastic seclusion of the recording studio) but also

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"The purpose of art," wrote Glenn Gould, "is not the momentary ejection of adrenaline but the gradual and lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity." This philosophy underlined not only his career choices (notably, retiring from the public arena of the concert hall to the monastic seclusion of the recording studio) but also his interpretive style (he tried to downplay the aggressiveness in Beethoven, for example). This program of contemplative pieces and movements is not entirely representative, as it is weighted toward composers that were at the fringes of Gould's repertory, such as Mendelssohn and Sibelius, and offers only one original work by J. S. Bach (the other is an arrangement by Bach of a lovely adagio by Alessandro Marcello). On the other hand, it does counter the common notion that Gould's playing was cool and brittle. The Brahms intermezzos, made early on in his career, are as warmly lyrical as any in the catalogue. The slow movement of the Grieg Sonata is also lovingly done, and the pair of languorous Scriabin miniatures displays that peculiarly Gouldian brand of ecstatic expression. Certainly, this is a fine sampler of the Canadian pianist's art, and those who are familiar only with his Bach should find it quite delectable.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969053829
catalogNumber:
90538

Tracks

  1. Concerto for solo keyboard No. 3 in D minor (after Alessandro Marcello) BWV 974: 2. Adagio

    1. 2. Adagio  (04:48)
  2. Sonatina No. 1, for piano in F-sharp minor, Op. 67/1: 2. Largo

    1. 2. Largo  (02:40)
  3. Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 5 (TrV 103): 2. Adagio cantabile

    1. 2. Adagio cantabile  (06:39)
  4. Intermezzo for piano in A major, Op.118/2  (05:45)
  5. Song without Words for piano No. 9 in E major, Op. 30/3  (02:56)
  6. Song without Words for piano No. 1 in E major, Op. 19b/1  (02:52)
  7. Keyboard Sonata in A minor, Wq 49/1, H30 "Wurttemberg": 2. Andante

    1. 2. Andante  (03:24)
  8. English Suite for keyboard No. 4 in F major, BWV 809: 4. Sarabande

    1. 4. Sarabande  (03:01)
  9. Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 7: 2. Andante molto

    1. 2. Andante molto  (05:54)
  10. Pieces (2) for piano, Op. 57

    1. No. 1, Désir  (01:56)
    2. No. 2, Caresse dansée  (02:25)
  11. Pieces (5) for piano, Op. 3 (TrV 105): No. 1, Andante

    1. No. 1, Andante  (05:42)
  12. Intermezzo for piano in B flat minor, Op. 117/2  (05:26)
  13. Ballade for piano in D minor ("Edward"), Op. 10/1  (06:46)
  14. Intermezzo for piano in E flat major, Op. 117/1: Andante moderato

    1. Andante moderato  (05:39)

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