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5.0 out of 5 stars Bach for all time, April 19, 2005
This review is from: Bach: The 6 French Suites, Glenn Gould Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
It's interesting and helpfully instructive to read on this page an oboist's take on this Bach and the incomparable rendering offered by Glenn Gould. The idea that perception creates concept is perhaps in no other instance as true as in assessing the idea of Bach's music. Bach's place in the musical world is as strong as it's ever been, and Gould's hand in that formidable reformation is embodied perfectly in this recording. Having survived the scourge of Enlightenment, it's taken long enough to convince musical pedagogy in particular of Bach's melodic instinct and its place in his vast transforming musical schemata. For all his staccati, humming, fingertip technique, invention of ornamentation and tempi, Glenn Gould ALWAYS affords listeners an unshadowed look into the life of melody in music, and is therefore a natural Bach interpreter. Gould never played the piano as percussion instrument, rather always as an instrument for singing (indeed often ceding to his own singing the edifying glory of counterpoint) and THAT, notwithstanding all else, makes his Bach life-giving and bequeaths to us a Bach for all time. Over and over again I'm struck by the golden reach of Gould's intent here, an intimate resilience and candor rivaled perhaps only by his interpretation of the Toccatas. This is not prescription Bach, and for that it eternally beckons and feeds us. Let the faint-hearted become strong! Recommended without reserve.
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Initial post: Dec 30, 2010 7:20:38 PM PST
A Customer says:
As always, beautifully stated.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2010 7:40:51 PM PST
LuelCanyon says:
Thank you for the kind words, and for loving the Bach of eternity! JA

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2014 12:55:26 PM PDT
Irishise says:
This is the most beautiful review I have ever read on Amazon. Thank you. And I agree wholeheartedly that Gould always made the instrument sing; just listening to his Brahms piano concerto no.1/second mov. should convince even the harshest critics :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2014 2:48:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2014 10:33:11 AM PDT
LuelCanyon says:
Thanks for your comments, Irishise. I agree with you about the Brahms. I suspect you and I might perhaps agree on a number of musical things! Forget those "critics"! In every way, Gould was one of a kind. What gifts! His art is ineffable, and, but for a kind of abiding faith in human possibilities, surely remains almost inconceivable. My best to you.
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