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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Masterworks
  • ASIN: B0085MK2A8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2012
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Glenn Gould: An Apology...

‘When music affects us to tears, seemingly causeless, we weep not from “excess of pleasure”; but through excess of an impatient, petulant sorrow that, as mere mortals, we are as yet in no condition to banquet upon those supernal ecstasies of which music affords us merely a suggestive and indefinite glimpse’
--E.A. Poe, ‘Of Music’ (1844).

As for technical facility, Gould was a consummate master of musicianship whose seemingly effortless fluency of keyboard address was as accomplished and natural as has ever been witnessed in humankind vis-à-vis precision, clarity, control, dexterity, speed, and strength.

This technical facility was of course the sum of every fibre of his physicality--which also included perfect pitch; but what moreover makes Gould’s musical realizations uniquely distinctive--in tandem with the acoustical impact of the phenomena of his music-making, is his idealistic philosophy of poststructuralist aesthetics whereby he exercised in real space-time the production of musical sound.

In his art, Gould began with the premise that the musical artwork consists of the Idea conveyed via the intelligible data semiologically constructed within the system of orthography and illustrated upon the printed page.

In other words, the musical artwork is in fact the mental image conveyed within the immanent text itself, regardless of whether the textual data are ever acoustically realized in performance via the use of a mechanical instrument, or not--(an image possibly construed by the term ‘Augenmusik’, abetted by the ‘inner ear of the imagination’).

From this starting premise of idealist Form, the next most significant issue is that of musical intention--i.e.
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By Eleanor A. Gabriel on September 22, 2014
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Excellent performance, both Gould and the orchestra. Meets my expectations completely.
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