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RE: [F_minor] Something Old and Something Blue/Grey
Well said. I think it is a case again of people paying too much attention to his ways.
> Subject: RE: [F_minor] Something Old and Something Blue/Grey
> Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 09:04:16 -0400
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> On another topic I meant to write about, in last months BBC Music Mag is
> a cover article/interview with Angela Hewitt. Something she said about
> GG just made me cringe. She said that she could never understand
> Gould's technique because it was just too crazy. Crazy? A day or so
> before reading this I listened in rapt joy as I enjoyed once again GG's
> recording of Elizabethan composers. Crazy technique? The reason no one
> else tries this music is because they don't know what to do with it.
> They have to achieve a sense of unity with the times, modes and thinking
> of that era. Gould was able to do so because his mind on some levels
> was so free to explore and because his technique was elastic enough to
> adapt to different musical periods.
> I am not slagging Hewitt as a performer; she is excellent. But GG was
> not possessed of a crazy technique, just one that was perfectly suited
> to his vivid imagination and awesome intellect. Even Hewitt has missed
> this and frankly I am totally sick and tired of hearing how people put
> GG's technique to the torch when they should be paying closer attention
> to the light he shines to the inner realms of meaning that most don't
> even know are there. No one will argue that he often took eccentric
> approaches to speed but there is not a pianist alive today who could
> make a musical line sing with such balanced clarity as GG could and in
> any genre he played. That alone for me makes all of his technique worth
> putting up with.
> Kind regards,
> Fred Houpt
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