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Glenn Gould On Television - Complete CBC Broadcasts 1954-1977


Release Date: 10/24/2011 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 795210  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohann Sebastian BachGustav MahlerGlenn Gould,   ... 
Performer:  Glenn GouldMaureen ForresterPatricia RideoutElizabeth Benson-Guy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian String Quartet
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For the first time, the dozens of film and television programs Glenn Gould made with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 1954 to 1977 are collected in their entirety in Glenn Gould on Television– The Complete CBC Broadcasts. This specially priced 10-DVD set contains all the original broadcasts unedited and uncut, as they were originally conceived by Glenn Gould and the CBC. More than 19 hours of TV specials, concert performances, interviews and discussions make it possible to discover what Gould always considered some of his most significant and original life’s work, most of which has not been seen since it was first telecast.

Glenn Gould on Television includes a full color booklet with liner notes by Tim Page and
Read more contains many previously unseen performances of works by Scriabin, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Walton, Hindemith, Bartók, Copland, Poulenc and Prokofiev.

REPERTOIRE: DVD 1 (1954 – 1974)
Early TV performances and program excerpts 1954–1966: The Subject is Beethoven

DVD 2 (1962) Music in the U.S.S.R. Glenn Gould on Bach from Sunday Concert

DVD 3 (1962 & 1963)
Richard Strauss – A Personal View: The Anatomy of the Fugue

DVD 4 (1964 & 1966)
Duo – Glenn Gould and Yehudi Menuhin: Anthology of Variation from Concerti for Four Wednesdays

DVD 5 (1966)
Conversations with Glenn Gould Humphrey Burton Interviews: Bach & Beethoven

DVD 6 (1966)
Conversations with Glenn Gould Humphrey Burton Interviews: R. Strauss & Schoenberg

DVD 7 (1967)
Music for a Sunday Afternoon Mozart & Beethoven: The Canada Centennial Concert

DVD 8 (1970)
The Idea of North A film by Judith Pearlman The Beethoven Bicentennial Concert

DVD 9 (1974 & 1975)
Musicamera – Music In Our Time The Age of Ecstasy:1900–1910 The Flight from Order: 1910–1920

DVD 10 (1975 & 1977)
Musicamera – Music In Our Time New Faces, Old Forms: 1920–1930 The Artist as Artisan: 1930–1940

FULL REVIEW

Glenn Gould fans undoubtedly will welcome the iconoclastic pianist's complete television broadcasts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, all remastered from the best possible sources. While much of the material previously appeared in anthologized form via Sony's out-of-print Glenn Gould Collection released on VHS and Laserdisc, here the broadcasts are presented complete as originally aired, from small isolated flim clips to complete, full-length programs. Only one item is missing: a 40-minute interview portion from the 1970 show The Well Tempered Listener that could not be cleared for release.

While production values often appear stilted and dated by modern-day standards, Gould himself remains an utterly riveting presence. The first existing footage of Gould, a 1954 concert performance of the Beethoven First Concerto's opening movement (replete with the pianist's own, rather stylishly contrapuntal cadenza), reveals that all of his salient traits were in place at age 21.

Already you see Gould sitting abnormally low at the keyboard, conducting with whatever hand was unoccupied, and humming along. Yet his body language is fluid rather than contorted, and often provides an ecstatic counterpart to his uncannily precise and highly articulated finger-work, not to mention his acute sense of line no matter how complex the textures. For example, the rapid left-hand arpeggios in the first movement of Beethoven's "Tempest" sonata display a driving urgency yet couldn't be more clearly projected.

Five full-length shows (The Subject is Beethoven, Music in the U.S.S.R., The Anatomy of Fugue, Glenn Gould on Bach, Anthology of Variation, and Richard Strauss: A Personal View) feature Gould's brilliantly analytical comments interspersed with performances that include works unrepresented in Gould's studio discography, such as Webern's Variations for Piano, Beethoven's Op. 69 Cello Sonata (with Leonard Rose), and the first movement of Strauss' Violin Sonata (with Oscar Shumsky).

The aforementioned Bach show from 1964 includes the nine Goldberg Variations canons in a performance that sits stylistically halfway between Gould's brisk and brash 1955 Goldberg debut disc and his more reflective 1981 remake. A congenial 1966 collaboration between Gould and Yehudi Menuhin in Bach's C minor sonata, Schoenberg's Phantasy, and Beethoven's G major sonata Op. 96 finds the violinist on excellent form--and Gould at his most provocative.

There's also a rarely-seen film version of Gould's radio documentary The Idea of North, where director Judith Pearlman's spacious imagery and subtle montage effects add welcome context and dimension to the original audio-only production. Gould's collaboration with Karel Ancerl and the Toronto Symphony in Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto came about when the original piano soloist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli cancelled at the last minute and Gould stepped in to substitute.

By contrast, Gould's final CBC television project Music In Our Time resulted from careful scripting and well-considered program building, which extended to composers Gould ordinarily shunned, such as Poulenc, Debussy, and Ravel. Indeed, Gould's "de-orchestration" of the latter's La Valse for piano solo reveals a sense of abandon and being on the edge that we normally do not associate with Gould's Apollonian control.

For me, however, the high points of Gould's CBC television legacy are the four 1966 programs entitled "Conversations with Glenn Gould". Each focuses on a specific composer (Bach, Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Richard Strauss), with Gould illustrating at the piano and sharing stimulating, humorous insights with interviewer Humphrey Burton.

In the Mozart program, Gould demonstrates his deliberately deconstructed interpretation of the A major K. 331 sonata's first-movement variations alongside a more conventional reading that's perhaps more beautiful and convincing than Gould would have conceded. The Strauss program contains brilliant samples of Gould's improvising prowess, plus an extended excerpt from Elektra. Many Gould commentators cite the latter as a "transcription", but it's really nothing more than Gould playing the vocal score piano reduction like a man possessed.

An enclosed booklet includes complete personnel, air dates, full production credits, and a succinct, informative essay by Tim Page. Obviously a good deal of care and intelligence went into releasing this body of work in the right way, for which scholars, collectors, piano mavens, and music lovers alike should be grateful.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15: 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Partita for Keyboard no 5 in G major, BWV 829: Courante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 9 in E major, BWV 878 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 3 in C sharp major, BWV 872 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 22 in B flat minor, BWV 891 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 14 in F sharp minor, BWV 883 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
8.
Partita for Keyboard no 5 in G major, BWV 829: Allemande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Partita for Keyboard no 5 in G major, BWV 829: Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Germany 
10.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056: 2nd movement, Largo-Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
12.
Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056: 3rd movement, Presto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
13.
Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
14.
Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection": 4th movement, Urlicht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Maureen Forrester (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896; Germany 
15.
Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica": Excerpt(s) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral": 1st movement, Allegro ma non troppo - Excerpt(s) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
18.
The idea of north by Glenn Gould
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Narrator)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Canada 
19.
So you want to write a fugue? by Glenn Gould
Performer:  Patricia Rideout (Spoken Vocals), Elizabeth Benson-Guy (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Canada 
20.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
21.
Variations for piano, Op. 27 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1935-1936; Austria 
22.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K 333 (315c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783-1784; Linz, Austria 
23.
Burleske for Piano and Orchestra in D minor, AV 85 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1886; Germany 
24.
Sonata for Trumpet and Piano: 1st movement, Mit Kraft by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Switzerland 

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 Glenn Gould May 23, 2014 By Henry Federman (Tillson , NY) See All My Reviews "When you put Glenn Gould and JS Bach together,can anyone say anything bad about it. Gould was a giant when it came to play Bach, very few of today's pianists play Bach the way it was supposed to be played. I may be a bit prejudice when it comes to Gould but that set is simply fantastic ." Report Abuse
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