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Glenn Gould Plays Beethoven & Wagner: Symphonies No. 5 & 6; Meistersinger; Gotterdammerung; Siegfried Idyll
 
 
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Glenn Gould, piano & conductor. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Label Sony Classical
Format 2 CDs
Runtime/Release Date 49'15,71'02/2012
UPC 887254128922
Daedalus Item Code 38873
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At age 50, Glenn Gould intimated that he would like to begin conducting, but three weeks after completing his first orchestral recording—Wagner's Siegfried Idyll in its original version for 13 instruments—he suffered a fatal stroke. Gould also performs the piece in a piano version, as well as Liszt's redactions of two Beethoven symphonies for piano. This disc is part of a series surveying the recordings of Glenn Gould, whose playing ignited reactions ranging from disquiet to awe; seldom was there indifference. The Canadian iconoclast is celebrated for his revelatory Bach interpretations (especially of the Goldberg Variations), yet he cherished the music of the Renaissance, was stupendous in recordings of Beethoven and Brahms, and championed composers of the 20th century like Hindemith, Prokofiev, Berg, Scriabin, and Strauss. These well-annotated editions add to the luster of a reputation that continues to shine, many years after his death.

"Gould never shrunk from a musical challenge and for his only major foray into transcription tackled three daunting ones—projecting yet clarifying the massive contrapuntal texture of the Meistersinger … attempting to sustain the long, horizontal lines of the Siegfried Idyll on a percussion instrument, and conjuring a wealth of dazzling orchestral and vocal color in the Götterdämmerung prelude. For all his disdain of virtuoso performance, pedal effects and Lisztian arrangements, Gould does a remarkably credible job of it!"—Classical Notes

"Gould is most closely associated with Bach, but he had a range of musical enthusiasms. Absorbed by Schoenberg in his teens, he later loved Wagner, Strauss, and Mahler."—Washington Times

 
 
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