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I'm listening to my latest buy - the set of Glenn Gould's recordings of the Goldberg Variations, both his 1955 and his 1981 recordings - and being transported. Gould said (quotation in the beautifully-packaged set),

The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but rather the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.

That really does say it.

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a_new_symposium
Oct. 17th, 2003 06:40 pm (UTC)
On Glenn Gould
I find it remarkable that Gould could make two recordings of Bach's 'Goldberg Variations' so different in texture, mood and tempo and yet, in the evocation of feeling, just as rich, moving and provocative.

The early recording always has me gasping between delight and astonishment at his sheer confidence and verve, the later has me catching my breath, I should say holding my breath, at the pauses, the same certainty and inner ear so obviously at work in both yet convey such different responses. One a dance, the other an elegy. Thank you for writing of this experience.
judith
Oct. 17th, 2003 08:12 pm (UTC)
No, thank *you*. You've conveyed much of my own response to this work. Just amazing, neither version is superior.
edie_sittle
Oct. 18th, 2003 05:04 am (UTC)
Gould and Bach's Goldberg
a n symposium has said it all. Gould writes that he never listened to the early recording until a few days before re-recording it. It is sublime, all of Bach is but the Goldberg especially so. I now have the room. Janet and I now have order. I must get back to Litening. The acoustics are excellent (in the room) and such a collection, a feast! awaits me. I did play Mahler's 9th the other day - so deeply sad and moving...his best?
judith
Oct. 18th, 2003 11:27 am (UTC)
That's another one (Mahler) that I need to get a recording of.

Your new place looks wonderful, from the pix.

Gould really seemed to hate his first recording later. I think he saw some things - "wearing his heart on his sleeve" in some variations (mainly the 25th) that just made him puke, and I can understand this feeling, being one for suggesting rather than saying. Yet I think he was not fully able to appreciate it either.
edie_sittle
Oct. 18th, 2003 03:32 pm (UTC)
Poor Glenn
so talented, remarkably witty, (have you read his books?) and yet so dissastified. Yet I have come to agree with his distaste for Live performances.
edie_sittle
Oct. 18th, 2003 03:34 pm (UTC)
Re: The House and Garden!
Thank you! Yes it IS sublime...I pinch myself. I dot awaken. It is real!

well well well, so the long dark night of the soul is over?

Hope so...about time it was.
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