From The Vault
April 24, 2019: Glenn Gould 1961
Born in Toronto Canada in 1932, Glenn Gould would live to just past his 50th birthday in 1982. From his first concert at age 17, his mastery of the piano was on display. But he would give just over 200 concerts in his lifetime, All performed while sitting on the chair his father made him, retiring from live performances in 1964.
Gould would dedicate the remainder of his musical career in the recording studio, releasing over 50 records. His trademark vocalizing during recordings were the bane of both engineers and live audiences, who would have to forgive this quirk, in order to enjoy his incredible piano interpretations of the Great composers.
In 1961 at the age of 29, Glenn Gould, recorded a lengthy interview with a WBAI producer that we are still on the hunt to identify. Gould’s vast knowledge of the great classical music Masters, the lesser known masters and his contemporaries is on display in this conversation.
We have a little extra time to present examples of his famous 1955 Goldberg Variations by Johan Sebastian Bach recording. This was Gould’s first Columbian Records recording that he recorded at the age of 23 and became the best selling classical music album of it s day.
It was an unusual choice for recording because of it’s technically difficult fingerwork and since it is 30 variations of one theme. But his mastery of this material made him an internationally famous player overnight.