Glenn Gould with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic . Excerpt of the first movement, Allegro. Taken from "The Art of Piano."
It is pure joy. Gould is genius.
Many of you may remember Leonard Bernstein's disclaimer before Glenn Gould's New York Philharmonic concert of April 6, 1962.
Bernstein, in an unprecedented move, made an extraordinary speech before the performance, disavowing Gould's interpretation of the Brahms piece. Color me outraged, but no conductor accompanying a soloist should do that. Bernstein was out of line, and only gave legs to the oft-repeated slam against him as a musical bully.
Gould was a genius. His improvisational approach to classical music evokes that of the great transformative jazz musicians like Armstrong and Parker.
Even so, I thought Gould was masterful. And while Gould was also "criticized for taking excessive liberties with score markings, taking the first movement fully twice as slow as requested by Brahms. More recent research has, to a point, validated Gould's ideas."