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GG: Beethoven & Brahms
I thought that this posting, which I "borrowed" from the
Moderated Classical Music List, might interest the f-minor
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 1996 07:57:14 -0800
From: "Lindsey E. Orcutt" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Shermann's Beethoven
On Wed, 27 Mar 1996, Stirling Newberry wrote:
> to stamp his personality and moment to the utmost upon the
works. This is
> an unreserved recomendation for those who feel the same way
> that all that is old must be completely remade for the moment,
> can only be so.
How odd...what do you say of Gould's performances of Beethoven's
sonatas? I am, as many of you know, a big Glenn Gould fan but
only certain works of Beethoven where Gould's interpretation
The rest are, INHO, absolutely ridiculous.
What I mean is, he takes tempos ridiculously fast or slow,
his own feelings about the works and, in many cases, his
pieces caused me at first to absolutely hate the works until I
convincing interpretations (Richard Goode, for one). (A good
Beethoven's Oups 14 #2- the Emajor piano sonata).
But it seems to me that Gould's interpretations are good for
much as Stirling's opinions above indicate: that there is a place
"new" rendering of musical works, even if the renderings and
interpretations don't work for one person or the other.
I had a private discussion with a woman from Classm-L a while
the differences between Gould's and Emanuel Ax's Brahms
thought Gould's performance of the opus 79 were absolutely
profound, enlightening. I'm not disparaging this at all but I
them, for me, to be heavy and thick in texture, not at all like
recordings which had more movement and were less heavy. Perhaps
like these, it is all in the ear of the listener- the more
have, the more finicky we become.
I, too, tire of the "standard" performances of the warhorses,
the piano pieces that I hear all the time at school. If nothing
new, if odd, performance allows the listener to think and
feel and perhps make some decisions regarding his or her own
interpretation of the work. Even if we can't say exactly why we
dislike something (and I would worry if we could say why, all the
would hope the performance would allow a new perspective.
Lindsey, feeling a little long-winded