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Glenn Gould: Off the Record (1959)

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At his cottage near lake Simcoe, Ontario, Gould revels in his freedom from public performances, playing piano for the audience of one - his collie. ~~ From the VHS jacket.

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At his cottage near lake Simcoe, Ontario, Gould revels in his freedom from public performances, playing piano for the audience of one - his collie. ~~ From the VHS jacket.

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Part 1 of a 2 part set
18 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is part 1 of a 2 part set, part 2 being "On the Record". I stress these to anyone who rents the DVD, as on the DVD menu, "On the Record" comes first on the menu, leading one to watch it first. While it's not critical to watch the two parts in order, it does help a bit with the flow is you do. Part 1, "Off the record", consists of a brief profile of Gould's life while at his rural retreat at Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto, a lakeside interview, and a stimulating conversation with Franz Kraemer about the music of Webern and Gould's own compositions. The remainder of this first part shows Gould in NYC picking out a piano in the Steinway basement for the recording session which is the subject of part 2, "On the Record". Overall, both parts form a fascinating picture of the early career of the great Back interpreter, a mere 4 years after his sudden rise to stardom with the release of his (first) recording of the Goldberg Variations. A must to see if you are a Gould , or Bach, fan.


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