8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Yes he humms, but thats not a bad thing!,
This review is from: Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Audio CD)
I feel compelled to write this review as I think it is slightly unfair to give a one-star review based on his constant humming.
I think the first thing to say is that the Goldberg Variations is a fantastic piece of music, and is pretty much infallable as far as music goes. Goulds playing achives a great depth and variety of tone, whilst maintaining a strong sence of clarity that lets all of Bach's lines sing through, I think Gould has achieved something mind-blowing here!
Whilst at first one could find the performance marred by his constant humming, and it is prevelant, especially when listening on headphones, it is worth listening past. I think it provides a unique insight into how he is shaping the music that we don't often hear. To be honest I find myself humming along (no doubt somewhat encouraged) and its interesting to see where I differ from Gould. I think that without the humming his peformance wouldn't shine as much as it does. There is a reason why it's a favorite on desert island disks!
All in all an amazing CD, at an amazing price!