Started by mn dave, November 13, 2008, 06:12:24 AM
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Quote from: springrite on November 13, 2008, 06:13:36 AMI really like Gavrilov in these works. Not everyone's cup of tea, I know.
Quote from: mn dave on November 13, 2008, 06:12:24 AMWho do you like for the French suites?
Quote from: Norbeone on November 13, 2008, 06:49:48 AMGlenn Gould's is just amazing.
Quote from: mn dave on November 13, 2008, 06:52:52 AMI had a feeling old GG would pop up here. And maybe Perahia too?
Quote from: Bulldog on November 13, 2008, 06:57:39 AMI don't think Perahia ever recorded the French Suites. The two piano versions I favor come from Gould and Wolfgang Rubsam on Naxos. Hewitt isn't bad at all, and Gavrilov's dreamy interpretations have much value. Aldwell comes off rather somber, while Schiff is at the bottom of my list.I'm assuming you're not interested in harpsichord versions; if I'm wrong, just let me know.
Quote from: orbital on November 13, 2008, 12:40:20 PMNikolayeva for me. (I'd be curious to hear Gavrilov)
Quote from: orbital on November 13, 2008, 01:15:45 PMThe label is Scribendum, I think it should be available at russiandvd.com. The 2 CD set includes the complete French Suites as well as 2 of the English ones.
Quote from: mn dave on November 13, 2008, 02:13:41 PMOh, sure. You have to order it from Russia. I don't need anything that bad.
Quote from: Bulldog on November 13, 2008, 04:37:39 PMActually, you have to go there yourself and get it - only kidding.I think the site is American; give it a try. Everthing I ordered from them comes in timely fashion.
Quote from: zauberflote on November 13, 2008, 04:21:12 PMIt was years ago; I was a teen-ager and Glenn Gould was alive. Being a kid, I was as pompous as could be but, deep down, so insecure I was a slave to the music critics who all agreed Glenn Gould may have been marvelous in his early days, particularly in Bach and particularly in the Goldberg Variations and Partitas, but he had gone horribly astray ever since he had stopped concertizing. Everything had become grotesquely eccentric, the critics said, with clipped rhythms, rolled chords, ridiculous tempi, let's not even talk about the humming. I kept wondering, if he's so awful why do record companies keep recording him and why do the critics keep writing about him?I avoided him like the plague. I was a purist at that time anyway. Only Bach on the harpsichord for me, thank you very much. Then one day in the car I tuned on the radio just as the fifth French Suite was starting. I became almost instantly mesmerized even though it was being played on the piano. It was the most beautifully musical rendition I had ever heard. I kept on saying to myself, almost in disbelief, "Who the hell is this?"When it was over, the deejay said it was Gould. I was flabbergasted. After reattaching my jaw to my head but leaving behind the scales that had fallen from my eyes I went out and bought Gould's French Suites, and, in time, dozens upon dozens of his recordings.I guess you could say I'm quite an ardent fan now. And it all started with a single French Suite.
Quote from: Que on November 21, 2008, 06:46:02 AMFor those who like Bach on the piano:The complete Andras Schiff is on jpc very cheap (€20):
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