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Re: [F_minor] Something Old and Something Blue/Grey
I only wish he were still here to say it himself! I am missing GG... still.
On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 4:03 PM, Singh <email@example.com> wrote:
> Well said. I think it is a case again of people paying too much attention
> to his ways.
> Well said.
> > Subject: RE: [F_minor] Something Old and Something Blue/Grey
> > Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 09:04:16 -0400
> > From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
> > 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
> > Toronto
> > [snip]
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