Coming your way in a hologram with orchestra is… Glenn Gould

Apparently, the estate is putting his ghost back on the road.

It didn’t work for Maria Callas. Will it work for Gould?

Oh, and ABBA’s also coming back.



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    • But for me GG will always remain one of the greats, evergreen, a pleasure to rediscover, a marvel of charisma, technique, & taste. Among his achievements: attracting crowds of unprecedented size to keyboard Bach, which he liberated from the tyranny of harpsichordism prevalent in the 1950s, when he began.

      The strength of his musical personality has rendered many of his fans fanatically Gould-centered, not such a great thing but to me the hostility beamed from some quarters is much more puzzling. Is this because of his mannerisms? His extra-musical personality? Is it that hard to leave such things behind?

      • There is little hostility just a respect for the music . For those that knew him in the 1950s
        in Toronto Gould was indeed a brilliant pianist.Slightly different but no better or worse
        than a few of the top boys .The hostility, if such comes when a piano player confuses
        himself with being the composer of the work
        performed and then takes the wildest liberties.
        Under the mantle of eccentricity the times were ripe for all his nonsense— talking and singing to cows etc….I doubt if any hostility was due to his mannerisms ,,,if I do recall correctly didn’t De Pachman trade on being odd and have quite a career ..Gould didn’t liberate anything…..and if one really wants to hear how the Bach might have sounded you have to go back to Landowska or Turek.
        .A transcription no matter who plays and how
        well done is still a transcription ..

  • Let’s not forget that GG LOVED technology and gave up live performance for it. He was a master editor – with scissors, splicing tape no less and spent hundreds of hours piecing together his CBC documentaries – Idea of North etc, with its “contrapuntal dialogue” style (and amazing use of Sibelius’ 5th Symphony Finale at the end, plus those he did on Casals and Stokowski, in the same style.
    Even if he never touched a keyboard and only did radio docs, he’d be remembered as unique. GG’s estate sanctioned the hologram tour likely for this reason.

  • Gould’s Canadian cohort Jordan Peterson talks about the importance of competence, not power. Both these men are at the top of the “hierararchy” of competence. And Gould
    was very sexy to boot, you guys need to be reminded. Or maybe you are just jealous of competent men?

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