Fake news hits Glenn Gould

The video below is a fake.

We can state this with reasonable assurance because Gould’s secretary, Ray Roberts, has clarified that Gould never played Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in the Liszt transcription. He once considered doing all nine Beethoven symphonies but changed his mind after recording the fifth (Columbia) and sixth (First movement, Columbia & Full Symphony, CBC).

This rather compelling recording has been viewed one third of a million times.

Does anyone have a clue who the real pianist might be?

The photo is (c) Don Hunstein/Lebrecht Music&Arts.

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    • True. Some of Gould’s qualities are present: strong left hand, slow tempo, clarity. One very important idiosyncrasy is missing though: no humming!

  • Perhaps Cyprien Katsaris ??
    Whomever, it is a wonderful performance. Slow tempo maintained throughout the whole movement. The 2nd theme is played more freely in a romantic pianism style, which contrasts marvelously with the more solemn main theme. Bravi !

  • Maybe my previous comment wasn’t clear. The pianist is Jean-Claude Pennetier, as can be clearly heard in the YouTube link I provided.

  • Norman, don’t you think you should give Don Hunstein credit for the photo. It really is his and not a fake.


    • Thanks, Norman, for the credit for Don. I am very impressed that you answered my query in three minutes. You take good care of this site.

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