Glenn Gould wasn't merely a pianist: he was a polymathic artist: musician, composer, writer, broadcaster, and record producer.
Gould--the greatest pianist since Franz Liszt--was (like Liszt) also a transcriber of other composer's works.
Here we have Gould's own piano reductions of Wagner's operatic scores (Meistersinger; Götterdämmerung; and Siegfried).
Recorded in 1973, Gould's biographer Dr. K. Bazzana says, `His piano recording of the Siegfried Idyll--intimate, lyrical, tonally resplendent, immaculately paced--may be his greatest performance.'
Gould `sought to underscore the "languor" he thought implicit in the music': his transcription and performance is a `wondrous, dreamy meditation of piano playing.'
In the fractious Meistersinger and Götterdämmerung excerpts, Gould overdubbed himself to attain full four-handed realizations.
These recordings have been re-issued in various permutations along with Gould's orchestral Siegfried Idyll, but it is nice to have this disc with Gould's solo pianism alone.