Dave Pitzer wrote:
>I generally find the "extra-musical" sounds of Glen Gould et. al.
>distracting. He maintained that he couldn't help making these noises and
>I tend to believe him. Too bad since, in my opinion, they make already
>idiosyncratic readings even more so.
"Idiosyncratic" is hardly the word I'd use to describe Gould's Bach
performances. I prefer "unusual" or "distinctive".
John Polifronio wrote:
>If Gould couldn't help himself, as you suspect, neither can we, in
>finding his vocal noises an intrusion on a work that requires a respectful
>silence as much from the musician performing the work as it does from
>audience members listening to it.
Don't include me in the "we". I'm finding this "respect/disrespect"
business alien as hell. You don't like a certain performer's
interpretations or mannerisms/noises? Fine - stop listening to that
performer. I don't see what "respect" has to do with it. Just move on
to the next performer. In my review of recordings of Bach's Inventions,
I think I would be doing a disservice to readers if I assigned negative
"points" to Gould for his humming and so-called disrespect for the
composer. Why? It's irrelevant to the degree of quality of his
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