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I am not sure (because all my sheet music is at home) exactly which
piece he plays on the television studio spot. For me it is so charged
with power and very satisfying.
On one of the CBC English spots (on the web site link I gave yesterday)
there is a clip of a GG documentary and in it you get several "experts"
chime in on what they figure GG had. There is the guy who figured it
was aspergers (sp??) syndrome and a psychiatrist said it was mental and
emotional stuff. Who knows.
I think so called experts make much too much of how artists sway and
move and bop at their instrument. Did these same experts decide that
Oscar Peterson must have had a problem with his mind because he hummed
like a buzz saw, all throughout his career? Who cares if they do that?
Listen to how he rips up the keys and gives you goosebumps. That's what
is important. Who cares if they drool, have their eyes roll up into
their skulls. They just might be caught in an updraft of creative
Maybe these so called experts have never felt ecstasy at playing a
musical instrument? How else is a person supposed to "look" or appear
when they are in an ecstasy? Calm and subdued? Honestly, we should
honor and respect our musical performers and just let then howl. I can
still hear Keith Jarrett as he pounds his feet, shouts, howls and
screeches his way through the immortal "Koln Concert". A rendition that
his admirers feel is his very best and still moves the heart deeply.
Perhaps what we GG fans need to do is to re-educate the critics and open
their eyes to other possibilities? The human condition, when it
encounters music, just makes us act differently. Think of all those
African tribes that drum themselves into a total frenzy, often enabling
many of them to enter high shamanic states of trance. What of it? Are
they freaks? Ok, I'm in a froth now so I better stop.....
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Brad Lehman
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 11:03 AM
Yes, well played. It really gets him sweating, too: how hot was it in
there with the lights and that coat? I think it's kind of funny how GG
swings around so much...and the cameraman tries to keep him in the
I put on GG's later recording of this piece after watching the
television version. It's much slower, taking two minutes longer. What
a difference! I like the drive of that televised performance better.
It's not really "late" Beethoven; B was only 31 when it was published.
Same year as the so-called "Moonlight" and a bunch of other sonatas.
Houpt, Fred wrote:
> The first sample on this page "homme au piano" has Glen playing a late
> Beethoven sonata. It is simply spine-tingling. Listen for the power
> of the fast sections, contrasted with the most loving and delicate
> aria notes of the solo (voice), sung (played) with such pathos. It is
> a movement to die for and I've never heard it more super charged and
> In a word "wow"
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