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Re: GG - My Foolish Heart
I agree with you about the lack of intensity in the playing, and
considering the "Jamal Records", I suppose it makes no sense to consider
GG as a candidate. But as far as the intensity is concerned, it strikes
me that a contrived performance would have been precisely GG's intention
in that particular scene.
Consider the context. One of the Mennonites says that under the
old rules, "we were not supposed to go into cafes", and the peice slips
immediately into a cafe-like atmosphere. It seems to me that the manner
in which GG spliced the conversations together suggests that he was
attempting to point out inconsistencies and hypocrisies at every turn.
Placing the members in a cafe to discuss their ideals, backed by an
unconvincing, contrived performance of 'My Foolish Heart' strikes me as a
perfect example of GG's wit.
Furthermore, it would not seem a bit odd to me (of course, were
it not for the record credit) to think that GG may have thought to
quickly dish out a rendition of the peice to go along with his
conception, or that he would have done this in a passionless, dry manner
(much as he admits was his behavior in the recording of Mozart's K. 570,
for instance). I think its fair to say that for every peice Gould
recorded with the intensity of a Brahms "intermezzo", he recorded a peice
at which he basically stuck out his tongue. To be honest, it was the
stilted style which at first aroused my suspicions.....