[f_minor] How To Cash In With Remasters

Pat pzumst at bluewin.ch
Sun Jun 12 18:56:00 EDT 2011

Hi Jörgen et al

No insult was intended from my part in terms of you passing on the good news.
I for one am quite interested in new GG DVDs, rest assured most of us have been wating to see decent releases for a decade now and I can’t wait to get more news ! So please do keep us updated !

One of the reasons why your post has been met with reluctance is the bad track record of Sony and to a bigger extent, the CBC.  And the secondary material that has seen the light of day such as Genius Within is hardly woth mentioning. To a certain extent this is proof of my more or less inspired personal view that the classical music industry didn’t get it yet.

Here we have one of the most talented pianists of the last 50 years, the best known classical musician of his native country who left an amazing audiovisual legacy for both CBS and Canada’s public broadcasting company and as of yet this legacy has by no means been treated with the attention or care it deserves. I suspect we can blame that on the CBC, probably for some legal issues.

Another reason for lack of people responding with enthusiasm could be found in the fact that we need more details. Track list, release date, production team etc. I am sure these will surface with time, unless someone decides to scrap this project and we should be thankful for not knowing how many GG release projects have been scrapped during the planning stage.

Now don’t get me wrong here, the GG video collection was a mixed bag thanks to M. Monstagenon, also responsible for the Heraefter haigiography desaster. And Genius Within wasn’t exactly a challenge or revelation for us Gouldians.
No wonder people are a bit reluctant when it comes to the announcement of a GG DVD box set.

Maybe I have been a bit cynical here, but consider what has been done with DSOTM (see below) and GG.

The Sony Box Set was a step in the right direction. Let us hope that GG’s visual legacy will be treated in a similar fashion.

Jörgen, you can be sure that as soon as more details are available (pleasd do spill the beans when you have them) or we will be hit by an Officaial Announcement the list will be teaming with speculation. I for one am eager to get more info and have started to lay a few pennies aside for the end of September.


From: Jörgen Lundmark 
Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2011 11:47 PM
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. 
Subject: Re: [f_minor] How To Cash In With Remasters

Hello Pat,

The recent posting about GG on DVD was from me -- would be nice to be included in your message. The source is genuine -- he has written liner notes about Gould's work in television. When I get more information I will relate it to the group, even though the sadly luke-warm interest in this to me most important Gould news -- I'm talking both about the Music&Arts release and the coming DVD collection -- doesn't exactly inspire me to make an effort. Let's ask ourselves what Fminor is here for. I for one is more interested in Gouldiana and Gould news than more or less inspired personal views.


  My dear fellow F_miners

  Slightly Off-Topic. but please consider this example, there is a GG connection: 

  In a recent interview, Nick Mason (drummer of Pink Floyd) claimed that the time of hardware media such as the CD or DVD would be over very soon. Now would be one of the last opportunities if not the last to cash in big time. 
  Not that Mason is running out of loose change any time soon. He just sees a good opportunity, as cynical as it is.

  To a certain extent he is right. The local record store where you could buy rare or imported records from the US or Japan which were unavailable anywhere else closed shop years ago. Big record chains are useless and will follow suit some day. Amazon makes money with other crap than music and books. 

  Only people of a certain age/wealth buy CDs or LPs these days. Over time they will become niche products. The youngens buy their music on iTunes or nick it off the web. 

  And don't get me wrong here but the babyboomers who still were partly educated in classical music are not getting any younger. Find me a teenager who knows more about Mozart than Pink Floyd (just as an example in context) and  I will invite you for dinner at the must expensive hotel I can find in Basel, 1st Class flight included.

  Now the remaining members of Pink Floyd decided to cash in one last time with lavish box sets per album.  I will spare you details, I for one can't wait despite the fact that I know I am being milked like a cow as it were. It will be worth it, some of the material has only been available "underground". One gem that will be lifted will be a performance with Stephane Grapelli, rumored to exist, but never heard before.

  My question after the OT is: When will the classical segment realize that time is running out, as sad as it is ? 

  And an even more pressing question: When will Sony and the CBC realize that GG's legacy *must* be dragged into the 21st C, kicking and screaming, before it will be to late to cash in "one last time" ? Similar actions must be taken as in the case of Pink Floyd, again just an example of how it could be done.

  The recent posting about new DVDs from the CBC is at least until now an unconfirmed rumor, amazon.ca is silent on the subject as of yet. I shall believe it when I see it. And even when I see it I will have doubts, given the recent track record of both companies. How come the rockers are better at cashing in than the classicals ?

  curious, slightly confused and worried about GG's audiovisual Legacy



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