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[F_minor] alchemy or pianism ?

after watching b.m. 's dvd about gould the alchemist, a rather worrisome thought occured to me. sure the gould recital canon , albeit limited, was very well done in concert .but with his vast recording repertoire, was it an art of pianism,  or an art of clever splicing and control of the situation. - in an atmosphere where any daredevil effort could be attempted with total impunity. granted, it is still very enjoyable. but is it as impressive as the same thing done in public ?