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on 27 August 2013
This is an outstanding set. I bought it to replace a set of Brendel's recordings, which I'd found disappointingly flat and mechanical; whatever else you can say about Gould's version, it's neither of those. Everything is played with clear, sharp definition, even when he's going at at breakneck speed. Gould's expression is often lyrical rather than percussive; no-one carries different voices on the keyboard as well as he does. However, this is not for the traditionalist. Gould's tempi and phrasing are often idiosyncratic. He was panned for some of these recordings, notably the Appassionata (a piece he didn't like) and the early recording of Sonatas 30-32, which aren't as well recorded as the rest. His readings are occasionally eccentric - the critics thought some of them were wilfully destructive - but I have to admit that whenever I've checked what he does against the score, I come to the conclusion that he's got a point. And, as usual with a Glenn Gould record, you have to be tolerant at the points when he hums along tunelessly. Oddly, that flaw enhances the experience of listening; combined with a close, clear recording it gives a feeling of intimate performance in your living room. It's tremendous fun to listen to, and there's only one rendition in the batch the Appassionata, ponderously slow for the first two movements) which doesn't sparkle with life.
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on 20 July 2017
I am new to Glenn Goulding and am pleasantly surprised. Good listening
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on 3 March 2015
Not for the faint hearted ! Technically first rate but extreme interpretations.If you know the sonatas you will be annoyed by strange tempos and rubatos and I would still buy it not as a first choice but as an interesting wilfull alternative.Particularly at this very low price.
Recorded quality is not very good but his pianism is always clear.
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on 9 August 2014
When one hears Gould playing Bach there is immediate feeling of surprise and amazement. It is so special interpretation. For some reason I do not get the same feeling when he plays these Beethoven sonatas - his playing here is excellent but maybe more traditional and common - he is not overdoing anything. Sometimes he plays a little too fast for my taste but his playing still remains very clear showing his virtuosity. Sound quality is good and feeling of presence is enhanced by the familiar humming Gould is famous for.
For the price this is a steal - well worth buying even if one has other versions of these sonatas.
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on 4 November 2015
Love this mans interpretation of this wonderful music,
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on 12 February 2013
Perhaps because I regard Glenn Gould as one of the most profound pianists of his time and that I am a Canadian (!!!) living in Toronto whilst he was there I have always had a special place for him. Have you ever heard him speaking about music ? He is awesome in his articulateness. I have Barenboim, Kissin and Ashkenazy playing the 5 Beethoven Piano Concertos and this one isn't quite up to them but never the less makes another rendition with which to compare styles.
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on 14 December 2014
Very good.
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