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Piano Concerto 1 in D Minor


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listen  1. Leonard Bernstein Speech (Pre-performance disclaimer)Leonard Bernstein 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15: I. MaestosoGlenn Gould;Leonard Bernstein25:48Album Only
listen  3. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15: II. AdagioGlenn Gould;Leonard Bernstein13:45Album Only
listen  4. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15: III. Rondo. Allegro non troppoGlenn Gould;Leonard Bernstein13:47Album Only
listen  5. Glenn Gould Speech (Excerpt from radio broadcast interview with James Fassett)Glenn Gould 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 22, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000C28M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

The circumstances surrounding this April 6, 1962 concert at Carnegie Hall are as legendary as the performance itself. Pianist Gould desired to play the piece at a slower-than-usual tempo, Bernstein (who was conducting the New York Philharmonic) did not. Gould prevailed, but Bernstein shared his disavowal in an infamous pre-concert speech to the audience. This CD-the concert recording's first authorized release-includes Bernstein's speech, the complete performance and a revealing Glen Gould interview recorded two years later.

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Newly remastered from a Voice of America mono off-line aircheck, one hears more detail and ambiance here than in previous reissues of this controversial performance taped live at Carnegie Hall April 6th, 1962. The conductor's infamous "disclaimer" disassociating himself from Glenn Gould's slow tempi is preserved along with a snippet from an interview in which Gould defends both his interpretation and Bernstein's actions. The first movement starts slow, but insidiously speeds up to a tempo not far from the norm. Flickering in and out of Bernstein's turgid orchestral backdrop, Gould downplays the music's fiery intensity, seeking to emphasize its meditative qualities and contrapuntal implications. If Sony wanted to issue a Gould Brahms D- Minor, why not the more incisive, and far better-engineered October 1962 Baltimore version? --Jed Distler

Customer Reviews

What a loss for Art!
B.E.F.
The sound quality is indeed pretty bad in places (rather like a poor transfer of an old 78 recording).
Carol Haynes
It seams almost like a bad joke but, joke or not, it spoils everything.
marginal

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After seeming some of the more tepid reviews of this CD, I felt obliged to come to its defense. The historical value of this CD alone merits 5 stars. Bernstein's speech in the beginning is very interesting (although I'm not a Bernstein fan) and the portion of an interview at the end with Glenn Gould (and I'm a big Gould fan)is also very interesting. In between was what I thought was a great performance of Brahms by two outstanding musicians. The sound quality is understandably not up to 21st century levels, but it pretty good by mid-20th century technological standards. According to the excellent linear notes that comes with this CD, Bernstein may have been strongly influenced by Gould's interpretation of Brahms. It seems Glenn had the last laugh!
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I bought this disc because of Bernstein's famous speech and to hear just what was so bad about what Gould had done. I had never liked Brahms First Concerto before, despite being very favorably disposed toward Brahms in general and his Second Concerto in particular. I had listened to at least three different recordings before discovering this one, and lo and behold, upon hearing it the piece made sense to me for the first time. What more can I say?
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By CD Maniac on April 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Love it or hate it, the main reason for the release is for historical reasons. The performance, and especially Bernstein's pre-performance remarks, caused a huge controversy in the press, and the story has been relayed ever since.

This recoding, and the excellent liner notes, correct a lot of misconceptions: Gould was in favor of Bernstein's remarks; Gould's interpretation is no longer considered exceptionally slow by today's standards (meaning the Gould must have had some effect on a few of today's artists). It is fascinating to hear what all the commotion was about.

The most interesting part is that the critics fared the worst in the judgement of time: the critic from the New York Times absolutely seems ridiculous (in his review that was written in the form of a letter to an imaginary friend!) with his snide remarks that come off as a cranky senior citizen criticizing the youngsters on the stage. And the fact that so many other newspapers picked up the story as if it was a boxing match.

Reagrdless of recording quality (originally meant to be a mono radio broadcast), this is a fascinating performance that documents a very interesting concert in the history of an American conductor and orchesetra, and deserves this wide release. It shouldn't be the only recording of this Brahms concerto you should have, but it should sit right next to it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Not as outrageously slow paced as expected, the actual recording is a bit of an anti-climax when one considers the mythology that has surrounded this controversial recording. Bernstein's (included) disclaimer is as much complimentary as it is critical and is certainly a fine example of his erudition. Audience coughing impedes listening enjoyment considerably, but there is a great sense of musical sincerity in GG's rendering with a not totally unsympathetic orchestra and conductor. Not in the league of Gilels' or Zimmerman's recordings, but definitely worthy of space on a serious collectors shelf.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By zyx on May 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Mr Gould's recording offers something that is hard to come by in the world of Brahms: he understands the music.
Mr Gould, trained in the Bachian methods of counterpoint, saw far more music in this piece than any of you ever will. He even broke some of the traditional rules to try and prove his point. He deliberately alters tempo and dynamics to try and show us the beauty of brahms, in his hidden melodies and complex structures. Unfortunately his efforts were wasted. The masses of "classical music lovers" failed to see what he wanted them to. They thought he was just being difficult, because he wouldn't toss this piece over his shoulder as a means of displaying his virtuosity, as so many artists do. It just goes to show, that you can't trust the public with something as beautifully complex, musically speaking, as Brahms.
I'm sorry for all of you. Mr Gould was one of the greatest gifts to the world of music.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By B.E.F. on June 18, 2006
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Yes, and it pains me to say so: this recording is of historical interest only. The realization is great: GG is a genius of art, and a wonder of digital ability. Lenny and the NY Phil are good as well. The problem is that the microphone used for the live broadcast from which this recording was made was placed away from Gould and his piano, and way out in the auditorium above the audience. GG is almost literally drowned out by the idiotic-tubercular-spazmotic audience which hacks away, choking and spewing, during Gould's most exquisite piano solos. (Although I must say that at the end of the performance, that same audience gave GG a rousing standing ovation.)

Lenny Bernstein was cool, as was the NY Phil. The whole rhubarb over Gould's reading was created by media journalists who got paid by the penny-word: stupid, inane cretins frightened by Art. What a waste of artistic time! Afterwards at the cocktail party following this performance, Lenny told Gould, "You played so beautifully in the cadenza that I almost c**e in my pants [!]" (as cited in Bazzana, Wondrous Strange: the Life and Art of Glenn Gould).

It's really a shame that a decent recording wasn't made miked close to Gould's piano. What a loss for Art!
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