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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.