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This review is from: Secret Live Tapes (Audio CD)
What a surprise! I wasn't expecting to performances or the recordings to be so good. Gould was a great admirer of the conductor Joseph Krips, and hearing them in the Emperor together you can sense the partnership is a strong one with Gould giving his most convincing performance of the fifth we have on record. He's quicker and leaner than with on the later Studio recording with Stokowski, and Krips is fiery and alert with the excellent Buffalo Symphony.
The Bach concerto is quicker too than the Leningrad live recording and much faster than the stodgy studio recording with Bernstein. Gould is at his most intense and persuasive here. Mitropoulos's musicians are expertly drilled and superbly balanced. Its a stunning performance that looks forwards to the authentic performance revival in its fleet of foot finesse. Gould finds emotional depth in the slow movement, projecting the "vocal" part with true poetry. No other pianist has made Bach performances so moving.
The Schoenberg was a Gould speciality. Gould's powerful playing makes this thorny work a compelling experience.So a fantastic release from Sony of some of Gould's finest live performances. The sound is very acceptable.