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I was part of a small group that was able to attend a taping of Lang Lang. I don't know if it is because he's overrated (is he even well regarded? I know he's famous) or because it was just for television, but his performance paled in comparison to a number of Gould performances I had watched on Youtube, particularly when it came to effect. And I'm comparing Youtube to live, not what it would have been like had I been at those performance. Youtube Gould trumps live Lang Lang.

 

Admittedly, I know very little about music. My favorite pianist is Gould and my favorite cellist is Rostropovich (which probably makes it pretty clear I'm a fan of Baroque and in particular Bach), so when I say that this is perhaps my favorite video of a musician (of that type), it is probably for the wrong reasons:

 

 

at about halfway through I can't even look away. I must have watched that video dozens of times.

 

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Actually, it occurs to me I don't own any of the non-Bach recording of Gould. Are any of them particularly worthwhile?

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I was part of a small group that was able to attend a taping of Lang Lang. I don't know if it is because he's overrated (is he even well regarded? I know he's famous) or because it was just for television, but his performance paled in comparison to a number of Gould performances I had watched on Youtube, particularly when it came to effect. And I'm comparing Youtube to live, not what it would have been like had I been at those performance. Youtube Gould trumps live Lang Lang.

 

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Actually, it occurs to me I don't own any of the non-Bach recording of Gould. Are any of them particularly worthwhile?

 

There’s an interesting Guardian article from a few years back which asks a few well-regarded musicians to assess Gould’s body of work:

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/sep/20/glenn-gould-wilfully-idiotic-genius

 

It seems pretty fair-minded to me.  What the article doesn’t mention is that some people think he had Asperger’s, or was at least somewhere on the autistic spectrum.  I’m not sure what the current state of that hypothesis is, however.

 

From Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians:

 

“His idiosyncratic interpretations, published pronouncements and personal eccentricities made him a controversial figure, but he was also widely admired for his virtuosity, probing intellect, command of musical architecture, rhythmic dynamism, precise fingerwork and extreme clarity of part-playing.”

 

Personally, I do find his Bach to be his best (for all the reasons mentioned in Grove’s); the sheer energy and his understanding to the voice-leading are compelling, even when his tempi are not.

 

I find his dry, percussive attack less congenial in later repertoire, especially romantic and post-romantic.

 

In any event, he’s never boring.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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I was part of a small group that was able to attend a taping of Lang Lang. I don't know if it is because he's overrated (is he even well regarded? I know he's famous) or because it was just for television, but his performance paled in comparison to a number of Gould performances I had watched on Youtube, particularly when it came to effect. And I'm comparing Youtube to live, not what it would have been like had I been at those performance. Youtube Gould trumps live Lang Lang.

Admittedly, I know very little about music. My favorite pianist is Gould and my favorite cellist is Rostropovich (which probably makes it pretty clear I'm a fan of Baroque and in particular Bach), so when I say that this is perhaps my favorite video of a musician (of that type), it is probably for the wrong reasons:




at about halfway through I can't even look away. I must have watched that video dozens of times.

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Actually, it occurs to me I don't own any of the non-Bach recording of Gould. Are any of them particularly worthwhile?


Critics and Gould agree on this one:
Brahms 10 Intermezzi




Gould was prouder of this recording than almost any other. Said Gould: “It’s the sexiest interpretation of Brahms’s Intermezzi you’ve ever heard—and I really think it is perhaps the best piano playing I have done. You know what an incurable romantic I am anyway.”
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Tasteful peacocking. Very nice, DW.
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J-Kap, that's a nice rig you got there. I wish there was better lighting, but it looks like it would be excellent had you had the proper conditions for a picture. Thanks for posting despite this!

Thanks man. I appreciate it and I know that with us being in fall itll be darker when I leave for work in the morning so I need to try to figure out another way to get pictures.
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Justin, surely one of your similarly fashion-obsessed co-workers could snap a picture for you? Or do they not know of your StyleForuming? smile.gif
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#15. Semi-casual Saturday fit.

 

 

 

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Justin, surely one of your similarly fashion-obsessed co-workers could snap a picture for you? Or do they not know of your StyleForuming? smile.gif

Haha they are not familiar with it. Are you going to be present on Monday kind sir?
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I was part of a small group that was able to attend a taping of Lang Lang. I don't know if it is because he's overrated (is he even well regarded? I know he's famous) or because it was just for television, but his performance paled in comparison to a number of Gould performances I had watched on Youtube, particularly when it came to effect. And I'm comparing Youtube to live, not what it would have been like had I been at those performance. Youtube Gould trumps live Lang Lang.

 

Admittedly, I know very little about music. My favorite pianist is Gould and my favorite cellist is Rostropovich (which probably makes it pretty clear I'm a fan of Baroque and in particular Bach), so when I say that this is perhaps my favorite video of a musician (of that type), it is probably for the wrong reasons:

 

at about halfway through I can't even look away. I must have watched that video dozens of times.

 

---

 

Actually, it occurs to me I don't own any of the non-Bach recording of Gould. Are any of them particularly worthwhile?


I think Gould is perfect for Bach, Mozart, possibly Beethoven. I've heard that Brahms recording and it's superb. I would suspect he could have been a giant for Bartok and Messiaen too, but I have no idea whether he recorded them. I couldn't think of a better player for Messiaen, in fact - Gould's combination of clinical accuracy and spiritual transcendence would be ideal.

 

Lang Lang is a difficult case. I wouldn't rush to hear him play. He's probably extremely accomplished, but I think his innate showmanship and the stellar arc of his career are distracting him from pure musicianship. I'd certainly be happy to listen to him playing Gershwin or Rachmaninov - I think that kind of flashiness would suit him very well.

 

Clags, if you like Gould, you should check out Andras Schiff and Paul Badura-Skoda. Let's face it. This music came from Middle Europe. You need to have been eating knödeln and salted rye bread since childhood to really be equipped for the core repertoire.

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Chelsea boots are preferred by both Ralph Lauren and DocHolliday of the SF's "old guard." Suede chelseas and gray flannels are a handsome combination, IMO. I would even wear black calf chelseas with a suit.

 

This is exactly what I've been wearing the last couple of days while at a conference in Berlin: with room for only one extra pair of shoes (which is always a pair of running shoes for me), I took my two fresco blazer suits, a pair of dark denims for off-duty, and a pair of black calf Chelsea's, which work well with both - and that has been pretty much perfect. There are few shoes more versatile.

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And what I am wearing today, trying a waistcoat for the first time:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Looks very nice, what maker?
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