Glenn Gould stops the waves

Glenn Gould stops the waves

Daily Comfort Zone

norman lebrecht

August 27, 2022

Rare footage of the great pianist in King Canute mode.


  • Jobim75 says:

    Refreshingly crazy….

  • William Evans says:

    Good to see Gould in light-hearted mood for a change!

  • jansumi says:

    So young. Wonderful..

  • Robert Holmén says:

    Lousy lip-synch-er.

    Is that clip colorized?

  • Nathaniel Rosen says:

    Too bad he became unable to play before a live audience.

  • david walker says:

    There have been many impersonations of Gould over the years — and he himself was into role playing — but I need more convincing proof this is really THE Gould. You can’t always believe what you see or hear. Yes, so young — but it’s 1956 — Gould was very busy giving concerts in the U.S. — I could not find any references to the Bahamas in any biography — is this not some kind of spoof ?

  • Mark Mortimer says:

    This is fantastic. To see a genius like Glenn Gould letting the hair down. There’s a misconception in some circles, I feel, in that he’s often been regarded as a freak, a neurotic, an obsessive numbers guy & a reclusive. He was an extremely brilliant man of intense feelings who just happened to have something such as Bipolar disorder which, of course, made him the extraordinary musician/man he was.

  • Margaret Koscielny says:

    Glenn Gould was a wonderful genius, a great creative, original person who, like many people with extremely high intelligence, was incomprehensible to ordinary folk. He had a great sense of ironic humor.

    There are too many musicians who have followed in recent years who are so cookie-cutter and lacking in original ideas, and, frankly, boring! I miss Glenn Gould!

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    That doesn’t like similar to any photo or video I’ve ever seen of Glenn Gould. I also suspect that that’s not 1956 as well. I’m not trying to be right – I just have my doubts.