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RE: GG: [Bach-List]
On 20 Apr 1998, David B. Klein wrote:
> Gould admitted in interviews that he was defacing the music, and that he
> didn't respect Mozart as a composer. No composer suffered as badly at
> Gould's hands as did Mozart. For his part, Gould should perhaps be
> remembered for his Bach, and can at best be forgiven for his sins against
My calendar, "Classical Music" from the Library of Congress features Gould
in July. A quote from the text: "At the heart of both his wide-ranging
thought and his vast artistic accomplishment was a view of the performer
as an essentially creative, rather than re-creative force".
I love the way they expressed it.
As I've written before, I simply couldn't stand the Mozart sonatas until I
heard Gould's recordings. His irreverant perspective makes them
interesting -- fun! He said that there's no reason to record something
if you can't (and I could look up the quote but I won't just now) make it
special -- different.
Every performance/recording I've heard of the WAM sonatas is different in
some way, but only Gould's recordings actually sound like he was having a
good time with them -- sometimes naughty fun.
Maybe I love Gould's recordings so much because I listen to music for
pleasure -- and I benefit from the energy he put into them. And I
wouldn't care if he didn't even come close to following the score. It
sounds wonderful to me.
GG didn't really think there was anything to virtuosic piano playing --
and I'd guess that he felt that his contribution was in his realization of
the music -- not in reproducing, note for note, what the composer wrote.