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Re: GG and Schubert

Well, what can I say! I was prepared to be surprised... And I was! (And I even own this video, I need to spend more time watching videos!).

However, I think Vince Vo and Fred hit the nail on the head, Schubert's music didn't seem to hold that internal structural challenge that GG so loved. In fact, I was listening to the Idea of North (I just _love_ the part in the beginning where GG introduces himself... "This is Glenn Gould, and this is the Idea.......... (1 second pause) "of North".), and I'm amazed how fluid and weaving the voices are in it. It is a contrapuntal work to rival that of Beethoven, or, dare I mention it(gasp), Mr. Bach.

But always remember: never be clever for the sake of being clever...


-----Original Message-----
From: J. Scheuvens [mailto:Scheuvens@EASYSIXT.DE] 
Sent: June 24, 2002 4:56 PM
Subject: Re: GG and Schubert

Hello Matthew,

Try this:


Jörg Scheuvens

----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel Vaiser" <vaiser@AIRMAIL.NET>
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2002 10:14 PM
Subject: Re: GG and Schubert

> Hello Matthew:
> Regarding Gould playing Schubert's music, I remember a documentary 
> film called "Off the Record" (a companion film to "On the Record") he 
> is filmed performing an excerpt from the first movement of Schubert's 
> Fifth Symphony in his parents summer home on Lake Simcoe (in his own 
> transcription, I assume). Otherwise, I do not recall him recording or 
> playing another Schubert piece at any other time. Of course, I could 
> be wrong.
> All the best,
> Daniel Vaiser
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mailing list devoted to the discussion of Glenn Gould's work and 
> life. [mailto:F_MINOR@EMAIL.RUTGERS.EDU] On Behalf Of Harding.Matthew
> Sent: Monday, June 24, 2002 2:20 PM
> Subject: GG and Schubert
> As far as I can tell, Glenn NEVER played or recorded a single Schubert 
> piece. I would love to be corrected.
> You know how we're all told GG despised chopin, etc. etc.? Well, he 
> recorded it at least once, and seemed to play it quite a bit when he 
> was young. And from all the stories, he knew the repetoire cold and 
> actually
> (gasp) liked to play it in for people to demonstrate his abilities.
> HOWEVER, I can't find any mention of Schubert anywhere! Not in his 
> casual playing, not for concerts, not even in his spare time. What 
> gives? Did he truly despise Schubert? He recorded some Schumann 
> chamber pieces, but no Schubert.
> Just another mystery to be solved one day!
> Although there does survive _one_ recording of GG playing Philip 
> Glass...
> http://www.gould.nlc-bnc.ca/ra/1760.ram
> http://www.gould.nlc-bnc.ca/ra/1746.ram
> Cheers,
> Matthew
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dyfan Lewis [mailto:dyfan@LEWIS.SE]
> Sent: June 24, 2002 3:06 PM
> Subject: Re: Brahms Intermezzi from Heaven
> I second this heartily  - heard his Brahms first on Harvard radio's GG 
> orgy recently and wonder if GG ever did Schubert
> regards
> Dyfan Lewis
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mailing list devoted to the discussion of Glenn Gould's work and 
> life. [mailto:F_MINOR@EMAIL.RUTGERS.EDU] On Behalf Of James Rhodes
> Sent: den 24 juni 2002 11:24
> Subject: Brahms Intermezzi from Heaven
> Hey friends,
>   just a quick thank you.  I recently read one of your postings 
> praising Gould's Brahms Intermezzi.  Despite priding myself on my 
> collection of Gould's recordings I realised to my shame that I had 
> never heard these recordings.  If truth be told, it was a classic case 
> of comtempt prior to investigation - Gould and Brahms?  I had heard 
> his Brahms 1st concerto wih Bernstein and was impressed (particularly 
> with the last
> movt) but had never got hold of the Intermezzi.  Anyway, yesterday I
> popped down to Tower and bought the double cd and have been kicking
> myself ever since for not having got these sooner.
>    Just extraordinary, and a big contender for my favourite all time
> Gould (along with Beethoven 1 and 4).  So thanks for pointing this out
> to me.  I'm just disappointed he didn't record more Brahms (or Schumann
> etc).  Imagine Gould playing the Handel variations and fugue, or the
> Schumann C maj fantasie!
>   All the best,
>   James