[f_minor] Gould on Richter and other pianists

Pat pzumst at bluewin.ch
Mon Jan 2 04:41:45 PST 2012

Mary, yep, we do indeed. Alas, that parrot is dead. Gone to meet its maker, bereft of life and off to join the choir invisible and I doubt we will see something that brilliant ever again.

Now for summet completely different: 
How come Richter The Enigma is rather enjoyable while Hereafter is such a horrible piece of drivel ? Mind you, both were made by the very same director (Bruno Monstagenon) !

Maybe I am a bit thick but I find it strange for someone like GG to praise Richter. Apart from his technique Richter represented everything GG despised about “beingg a pianist”. Tours, audiences, concerts, doing routine pieces, the works.

And while pianists who were playing in the same league as Richter in terms of being “classic” concert pianists (i.e. Horowitz, Rubinstein) , GG praised Richter for his playing and poured mild sarcasm over the likes of the previously mentioned. Call me thick, but I fail to see any logic here. Is this a Pianist Thing we non-pianists don’t get ?


From: maryellen jensen 
Sent: Monday, January 02, 2012 1:51 AM
To: f_minor at glenngould.org 
Subject: [f_minor] Richter and Rita

Oooo we do miss The Python desperately.

Strange thing Pat, our GG imagined himself the pianist in the contortionist's sack 
(metaphorically) while on the other hand Richter wanted to be driven 
all over the USSR in the back of a truck with any old piano to perform 
in any and every little hamlet...



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