Glenn Gould: Why I can’t play Chopinmain
From our Gould specialist Daniel Poulin:
Although Glenn Gould performed only one work of Frédéric Chopin for a radio broadcast, the Sonata no 3 in B minor op.58 on July 23/1970 he did play a few Chopin short pieces -Impromptus, Waltzes, Études- during his teen years between 1945 and 1950, always in Toronto. He once told me that he considered Chopin “probably the greatest composer for the piano” even if his music did not have much appeal to him. On September 1/1950 he gave a short recital -only 3 works on the programme: Bach Toccata in E minor; Czerny Variations on “La Ricordanza” and the Étude in C-sharp minor op.10 no 4 (Chopin). One of the private home recordings found in Gould’s personal belongings included the end of that Étude. Unfortunately the beginning was not on the tape.