Glenn Gould

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Glenn Herbert Gould (25 September 1932 – 4 October 1982) was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach. His playing was distinguished by remarkable technical proficiency and capacity to articulate the polyphonic texture of Bach's music.

After his adolescence, Gould rejected most of the standard Romantic piano literature including Liszt, Schumann, and Chopin. Although his recordings were dominated by Bach, Gould's repertoire was diverse, including works by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, pre-Baroque composers such as Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Orlando Gibbons and William Byrd, and such 20th-century composers as Paul Hindemith, Arnold Schoenberg and Richard Strauss. Gould was well known for various eccentricities, from his unorthodox musical interpretations and mannerisms at the keyboard to aspects of his lifestyle and personal behaviour. He stopped giving concerts at the age of 31 to concentrate on studio recording and other projects. Gould was the first pianist to record any of Liszt's piano transcriptions of Beethoven's symphonies (beginning with the Fifth Symphony, in 1967).

Gould was also known as a writer, composer, conductor, and broadcaster. He was a prolific contributor to musical journals, in which he discussed music theory and outlined his musical philosophy. His career as a composer was less distinguished. His output was minimal and many projects were left unfinished. There is evidence that, had he lived beyond 50, he intended to abandon the piano and devote the remainder of his career to conducting and other projects. As a broadcaster, Gould was prolific. His output ranged from television and radio broadcasts of studio performances to musique concrète radio documentaries about life in the Canadian wilderness.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 10 Intermezzi for Piano Johannes Brahms; Glenn Gould 3
1975 The Well-Tempered Clavier CD 1 Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
1977 Goldberg Variations (1955 recording) Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 5 7
1982 Goldberg Variations (1981 recording) Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 4.35 6
1983 Ballades, op. 10 / Rhapsodies, op. 79 Johannes Brahms; Glenn Gould 4
1984 Glenn Gould plays William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons Glenn Gould; William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons 1
1986 The English Suites / Overture in the French Style Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
1986 The French Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 2
1986 The Well-Tempered Clavier Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
1987 The Partitas, Preludes, Fugues & Fughettas Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 2
1988 Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 24 / Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 3 Mozart, Beethoven; Glenn Gould 2
1989 The Piano Sonatas, Volume II Mozart; Glenn Gould 1
1990 Piano Sonatas, Volume II Ludwig van Beethoven; Glenn Gould 2
1990 Piano Sonatas, Volume I Beethoven; Glenn Gould 2
1992 "Eroica" Variations / Variations / Bagatelles Ludwig van Beethoven; Glenn Gould 2
1992 The Glenn Gould Edition: Mozart Piano Concerto Glenn Gould 1
1992 The Composer Glenn Gould 1
1992 Glenn Gould Plays Contemporary Music Glenn Gould 1
1992 Piano Transcriptions, Symphony no. 5 & no. 6 (1st movement) Ludwig van Beethoven / Franz Liszt; Glenn Gould 5 1
1992 The Glenn Gould Edition: Mozart / Haydn Glenn Gould 1
1992 The Two and Three Part Inventions Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 3
1993 Symphony no. 6, op. 68 "Pastoral" Ludwig van Beethoven / Franz Liszt; Glenn Gould 2
1993 The Glenn Gould Edition: Brahms (Brahms: 4 Ballades, Op. 10; 2 Rhapsodies, Op. 79; 10 Intermezzi) Glenn Gould 1
1993 Handel: Harpsichord Sonatas nos. 1-4 / Bach: Preludes & Fugues, BWV 878 & 883 Handel, Bach; Glenn Gould 1
1993 The Glenn Gould Edition: Byrd / Gibbons / Sweelinck Glenn Gould 1
1993 The Glenn Gould Edition: Schumann / Brahms Glenn Gould 1
1993 The Glenn Gould Edition: The Well-Tempered Clavier I Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
1994 Glenn Gould Conducts & Plays Wagner Wagner; Glenn Gould 1
1994 Toccatas, BWV 910-916 Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
1995 The Glenn Gould Edition: Chopin / Mendelssohn / Scriabin / Prokofiev Glenn Gould 1
1995 Glenn Gould Edition: Berg, Krenek, Webern, Debussy & Ravel Glenn Gould 1
1995 Sonatas, BWV 1014 - 1017 Bach; Jaime Laredo, Leonard Rose, Glenn Gould 1
2002 A State of Wonder: The Complete Goldberg Variations 1955 & 1981 Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
2002 Glenn Gould meets Yehudi Menuhin Glenn Gould & Yehudi Menuhin 1
2003 Bach: Preludes, Fughettas and Fugues Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
2003 Glenn Gould ...And Serenity Glenn Gould 1
2007 Glenn Gould Plays His Own Transcriptions of Wagner Orchestral Showpieces Richard Wagner / Glenn Gould 1
2007 The Complete Original Jacket Collection Glenn Gould 5 1
2007 The Art of the Fugue (organ) Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
2008 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Sibelius: Symphonie No. 5 Ludwig van Beethoven, Jean Sibelius; Glenn Gould, Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker 1
2009 Piano Sonatas op. 31 Complete Beethoven; Glenn Gould 1
2009 Glenn Gould in Moscow Glenn Gould 1
2010 The Secret Live Tapes Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Arnold Schönberg; Glenn Gould 1
10 Intermezzi for Piano / 4 Ballades Johannes Brahms; Glenn Gould 1
Bach: The Two and Three Part Inventions Glenn Gould 1
Berg, Schoenberg, Krenek Glenn Gould 1
Casals - A Portrait for Radio Gould, Glenn 1
Glenn Gould at the Cinema Glenn Gould 1
Glenn Gould in Stockholm, 1958 Glenn Gould 1
Klaviersonate g-moll op. 49,1 - Klaviersonate A-Dur op. 101 - Sechs Bagatellen op. 126 Glenn Gould 1

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