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Inauthentic Bach at its best!!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Concertos For Piano And Orchestra Nos. 1-5 & 7 (Audio CD)
Glenn Gould's view of concerto form was largely negative, but the baroque concerto with its less flamboyant solo role was more acceptable to him. Here we have 6 concertos, wonderfully integrated between orchestra & soloist. No.1 is the most substantial & achieves transcendental levels even for Bach. Gould's playing is equal to the greatness of the music, displaying fluidity in the outer movements & intensity in the adagio. The other concertos meet with similar success: try the largo from no.5 where Gould plays a single note melody against plucked string background...who else could achieve such a poignant result? Concertos 3&7 will be familiar as violin concertos but they succeed equally well in Gould's performances. All the orchestral parts come from a time before specialist, smaller groups came into fashion. However the playing is vibrant & committed. So this is not one for the baroque purist, but you won't hear better piano versions of these works.