Monday, 8 January 2007

Gould & Goldberg

There is something contradictory about it, I know, but I like the fact that Glenn Gould hums to himself during his extraordinary 1981 performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations.

This idiosyncrasy of Gould's must have cost the sound engineers much travail. I am glad that they did not excise it more aggressively; It might have removed some of the brilliance of that exquisite fingering of his.

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