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Glenn Gould would have turned 80 years old on Sept. 25. His legacy includes much more than the music of J.S. Bach.
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September 25, 2012 Hear the iconic pianist play a wide range of music, from Brahms and Gibbons to Schoenberg and Strauss.
A 1959 picture of Glenn Gould rehearsing at London's Royal Festival Hall. (Yes, he's seated on an abnormally short piano stool, hovering only a few inches above the floor.)
March 23, 2012 Renowned pianist Leif Ove Andsnes claims that many of us actually miss the singular essence — what he calls "the miracle" — of Glenn Gould's Bach.
October 30, 2008 The nation's blowhards have just a few days left to indulge in a time-honored quadrennial tradition: announcing that, if a certain candidate is elected president, they'll pull up stakes and move to Canada. Before jumping in the car and heading north, get to know some of the music that you'll soon call your own.
February 20, 2008 Fresh Air's classical music critic reviews an 80-disc set of recordings by Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. The collection, issued 25 years after Gould's death replicates the look of the original LPs.
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September 18, 2006 Concert Hall Curveballs are those unexpected things that happen in the concert hall. The things they edit out of a CD. With some 1,500 live performances a year, Performance Today runs into a lot of these funny situations, but here's one that really takes the cake.
August 30, 2004 Critic Tim Page talked about Glenn Gould, the Canadian pianist who became legendary for his interpretations of Bach's 'Goldberg Variations.' Gould made a classical hit out of previously obscure works.
November 25, 2002 Glenn Gould's Goldberg Variations; A reissued masterpiece from John Coltrane; New Orleans meets Brazil in the work of Tom McDermott; A Bossa Nova tribute by Ryuichi Sakamoto; Afghani fusion from Kabul Workshop; and the Wallflowers' Red Letter Days.
September 21, 2002 Glenn Gould was just 22 when his performance of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" made him a star. In 1981, he recorded another version, which was radically different, and was released just a few weeks before he died of a stroke at age 50. On Weekend Edition Saturday, Scott Simon talks with music critic Tim Page about a new album featuring both versions.
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