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Glenn Gould on Television: The Complete CBC Broadcasts, 1954-1977


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Product Details

  • Actors: Glenn Gould
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SONY CLASSICS
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2011
  • Run Time: 1152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005D4Y4H8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,923 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

By the time he reached his mid-20s, Glenn Gould had changed the way the world listened to the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach. By the time of his fatal stroke in 1982, two days after he turned 50, this daring and visionary artist had successfully challenged many of the most cherished conventions of classical music.

Now, for the first time, the dozens of film and television programs Gould made with the Canadian Broad casting Corporation from 1954 to 1977 are collected in their entirety in Glenn Gould on Television The Complete CBC Broadcasts. More than 19 hours of TV specials, concert performances, interviews and discussions collected on 10 DVDs make it possible to discover what Gould always considered some of his most significant and original life?s work, most of which has not been seen since it was first telecast.

Includes: The Subject is Beethoven, Music in the USSR, Glenn Gould on Bach, Richard Strauss - A Personal View, The Anatomy of a Fugue, Anthology of Variation, Duo: Gould and Menuhin, all four Conversations with Glenn Gould films, The Idea of North, the four Music in Our Time programs, and more.

10 DVD set
Total Running Time: 19 h 12 m
Picture Format: 4:3 . NTSC . Color/BW
Sound Format: Mono . LPCM Spoken Language: English

DVD 1 1954 1974
Early TV performances and
program excerpts (1954 1974)
The Subject is Beethoven

DVD 2 1962
Music in the U.S.S.R.
Glenn Gould on Bach

DVD 3 1962 & 1963
Richard Strauss
A Personal View
The Anatomy of the Fugue

DVD 4 1964 & 1966
Anthology of Variation
Duo Glenn Gould & Yehudi Menuhin

DVD 5 1966
Conversations with Glenn Gould
Humphrey Burton Interviews
Bach & Beethoven

DVD 6 1966
Conversations with Glenn Gould
Humphrey Burton Interviews
Schoenberg & R. Strauss

DVD 7 1967
Music for a Sunday Afternoon
Mozart & Beethoven
The Canada Centennial Concert

DVD 8 1970
The Idea of North
a film by Judith Pearlman
The Beethoven Bicentennial Concert

DVD 9 1974 & 1975
Musicamera Music In Our Time
The Age of Ecstasy: 1900 1910
The Flight from Order: 1910 1920

DVD 10 1975 & 1977
Musicamera Music In Our Time
New Faces, Old Forms: 1920 1930
The Artist as Artisan: 1930 1940

Customer Reviews

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Absolute heaven for Gould fanatics like myself.
steelydanfan
A natural teacher, explaining complex musical terms in a way that ordinary, non-musical people can easily understand.
Joan Simon
I was really impressed about the quality of sound in these DVDs.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Joan Simon on September 30, 2011
Format: DVD
A fabulous 19 hours of music and commentary from, in my humble opinion, the greatest pianist ever.
Glenn Gould has exquisite taste in music, as well as the ability to share his enthusiasm and passion.
A natural teacher, explaining complex musical terms in a way that ordinary, non-musical people can easily understand.
Then, he plays. You can see and hear the absolute joy of his playing. Awe-inspiringly beautiful.
There is a lot of playing and some pieces have not been recorded elsewhere. So, this is a real treat for Glenn Gould fans to hear "new" recordings.

He stopped giving concerts in 1964. And I think he wanted listeners to have a more up-close and personal experience of music than the concert hall distant relationship. You will get that up-close and personal experience with this set.

This DVD collection is a "must have" for any person who loves music, and for anyone who wants to learn more about music.
It will most certainly entertain, educate, and delight.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Wild Bill Jones on November 2, 2011
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...would not be enough for this extraordinary treasure trove of intelligence and beauty. You get to see Gould in real time, talking at length about the music that meant everything to him -- not just Bach and Schoenberg, but Richard Strauss. Mahler, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Beethoven, among others. These are complete programs, so you get to marvel not only at the transcendent performances but at the ease with which Gould enters into, say, a Bach fugue, whether for a few measures or for the entire piece, and then reemerges to deliver some extraordinary insight in a mannered but impeccable spoken prose... This set is the bargain of the century at the present amazon price ($72.99) but even if it goes back up to list price the decision to buy this would be a no-brainer. Wow.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By steelydanfan on December 30, 2011
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This wonderful dvd set allows you to get to know Glenn Gould as performer, writer, thinker, actor, conductor and composer. Absolute heaven for Gould fanatics like myself. I really like the Humphrey Burton interviews. I find Gould to be especially engaging, and the talks greatly enhance my understanding of the music that is to follow. A must-have item for Gould fans.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charles Merritt on January 19, 2012
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...for Sony/Columbia/CBC to put this on disc - so long that I gave up on it and eventually forgot about it. A few days ago I thought of this situation again, and for kicks and giggles I logged on the internet with the intent of contacting the CBC about my years-old request. Lo and behold, no contact was necessary. I rubbed my eyes, but it was true. The DVD transfer had been available since fall.
Now I feel like a kid at Christmas waiting on this set to arrive. For Gould aficionados no explanation is needed. For lovers of Bach and fine keyboard playing who aren't familiar, listen to Gould's Goldbergs or his WTC I and II.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MPR on February 18, 2012
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These gems that were readily available to Canadian television audiences -- and a sporadic list of other locations -- is surely to excite and entertain any Gould fan. I love how his eclectic mind comes through on these recordings.

UPDATE:

Wow! I just looked at the price (18.Feb 2012). What happened to it? It's $109.98. I bought this set three weeks ago for $59.99.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Ludvik on January 19, 2014
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These ten DVD's contain a treasure chest of Gould's performances, interviews, even music appreciation lectures he made for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The earlier discs are in Black & White, the later ones in color; all are very watchable thought of course not state of the art; the sound quality is very good reproducing Gould's exquisite touch at the keyboard. For myself, I can find no flaws to point out to would-be purchasers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles L. Johnson on March 29, 2013
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These Glenn Gould DVD's are treasure trove of transcendent playing. He plays with a spiritual depth that is surpassed only by Yehudi Menuhin among players of the twentieth century. This set should be part of the foundation of any serious classical DVD collection.
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