Who knew? First film of Glenn Gould conducting Mahler

From the GG archive:

The soloist in the finale of the second symphony is Maureen Forrester.

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  • This rare recording shows how beautiful and expressive Gould’s hand movements were. I would have loved to have played with a conductor like him.

    • His singing at the animals is my favorite Gould clip. I particularly like how he imitates the orchestra.

  • Maybe it’s just me, but he seems to have way too much superfluous left motion. He subdivides the beat unnecessarily and frenetically during the brass chorale and his jarring attacks don’t match the quiet, sostenuto style of the music. He often looks like he is flailing IMHO. As over the top as Bernstein was, at least his gestures were communicative and precise.

  • Who knew? We all knew who have been paying attention. It was released on Laser Disc and VHS several decades ago. It’s in the currently available DVD set “Glenn Gould on Television”. A little research goes a long way.

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