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Glenn Gould Edition - Bach, Beethoven: Live In Leningrad


Release Date: 01/11/1994 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 52686   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Glenn Gould
Conductor:  Ladislav Slovák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academic Symphony Orchestra Leningrad
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A swift and nimble account of Beethoven's 2nd Concerto paired with a fiery Bach D minor Concerto, showing how Gould could be far more animated live than in the studio.

The "Fourth Programme" of Sony Classical's Glenn Gould Edition contributes to the Beethoven deluge with a swift and nimble account of the Second Concerto, recorded live in Leningrad in 1957 (SMK52686). Ladislav Slovak conducts, and the coupling is a fiery Bach D minor Concerto—which is far more animated than Gould's studio version under Bernstein.

-- Gramophone [11/1993]


The [Beethoven] Second Concerto, which to my knowledge has only previously been released on Melodiya, is something very unique. Not only is
Read more the recording taken from a live concert (Gould gave up public performance in 1964), but it presents playing of consummate artistry in a work that often receives condescending attention from critics. But be warned—the orchestral playing, especially the strings, is dreadful. It is Gould's spontaneity in colouring the writing in different registers, in treating fast passages with an unmannered expressivity (where most pianists rattle off figurations)— in a word, his 'musicality'—that make this a memorable reading. There may be no real sense of peace in the Adagio, where Gould's sensuous use of piano tone is much to the fore, but the finale has an infectious humour that demonstrates how different was his playing in concert, as opposed to the recording studio.

-- Gramophone [9/1986]
reviewing the Beethoven concerto on LP, issued as part of CBS Masterworks 39036
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Conductor:  Ladislav Slovák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academic Symphony Orchestra Leningrad
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/18/1957 
Venue:  Live  Grand Auditorium, Leningrad 
Length: 24 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Glenn Gould (Piano)
Conductor:  Ladislav Slovák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academic Symphony Orchestra Leningrad
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/18/1957 
Venue:  Live  Grand Auditorium, Leningrad 
Length: 28 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Rondo. Molto allegro

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