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Title: Wagner

Last night I remembered that I had a cassette recording of Gould playing and conducting Wagner, supposedly the last recording.  It has been several years since I listened to both sides.  What a gem.  Gould's conducting was as sensitive and insightful as his piano playing.  One side was his piano playing and if memory serves me it's his own transcription of Wagner.  Simply the most delicious and gentle Wagner.  I was reminded of wonderful chords sounding quite Mahlerian.  I guess since Wagner came first he was an influence to Mahler!  Terrific album and although I am not a big Wagner fan this is a sumptuous and lovely keeper.

I lamented to myself after hearing this how much more we could have enjoyed of Glenn's work, say, had he recorded more Haydn and Scarlatti?  Ah......


Fred Houpt

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