How Glenn Gould sounded at 14

A newly uncovered recording of the Chopin Impromptu in F-Sharp Major.

Quite unlike any other.

The recording was found recently among Gould’s personal effects.

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  • It is wonderful to be reminded how lovely this ( Now not often played ) piece is . A very romantic performance, and with lovely piano sound

  • Gould played a few Chopin works during the 1940’s, all in Toronto. For his official debut solo recital he included the Impromptu and the Waltz in A flat (op.42). He also played a few Etudes (op.10 no3 and no7) and Waltz in E minor on different occasions. He once told me that he considered Chopin “probably the greatest composer ever for the piano”.

  • This piece is soothing and comforting in its simplicity but changes into complexity from 04:19-05:16 with high scales until its thunderous climax. Thank you for this historical find of the very young Glenn Gould!

  • A lovely discovery from inimitable Gould. Meticulous interpretation. I miss his humming though – the audio here doesn’t capture it. But a wonderful find and I hope there’s more to come.

  • Interesting!! Gould’s sound had not morphed into the angled linearity so characteristic of his maturity but displays amounts of color and tonal balance characteristic of the true Chopinist.

  • où cet enregistrement a-t-il été (re)trouvé ? sans doute y en a-t-il d’autres ? s’agit-il d’un bande, d’un acétate ? y a-t-il eu une restauration ? en attendant, merci de ce partage !

    • Oui il y en a d’autres; ils seront bientôt diffusés sur le (nouveau) site officiel de la compagnie qui a obtenu (du Glenn Gould estate) les droits commerciaux des produits reliés de près ou de loin au nom Glenn Gould. La collection complète portera le titre “The Glenn Gould Private Recordings”.

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