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6 French Suites

Glenn Gould , Bach Johann Sebastian Audio CD
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bach, Classic Gould! Sept. 27 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I just picked this Cd up, having only heard the Suite in G major.
Once again i was dazzeled by Goulds technique at the piano. I know there must be a lot of people listening to Bach's piano music, but let me assure you that you're not receiving its full potential unless it is played by Gould! I own a lot of Bach, and other composers, all played by Gould. The man was a genius, and there has been no one like him. If you are thinking about getting this cd....stop thinking...start buying!! You won't be disappointed!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply splendid Nov. 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
mr. gould was world renowned for his interpretations of many of bach's works for keyboard. here is a fine example of why--the playing is superb as gould evokes the passion and the energy of bach's french suites. these suites are not as lengthy nor as involved as the english suites, but they afford enough challenges to the pianist to make them mechanistic and devoid of feeling as the artist simply tries to make it through. here, though, there is a joy that comes through. mr. gould makes these completely crafted pieces sound improvisational and almost momentary in their construction. in short, they're fun to listen to. the effortlessness, though, is an illusion. the quality of the playing is entirely indicative of the effort applied. get this cd and enjoy!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glenn Gould the natural cantabile May 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
Listen to Mr. Gould in these French Suites is rejoinig with the life once more. His fresh and free style overpowers me every time I listen them.
My favorite Suite is the sixth. But instead my choice you know that he was a very clever artist deeply honest and convinced above all about what he's playing and how that sound must be.
His authoritative maestry on Bach let him several raptures accents that you always admire and hardly you find in otres performers..
The status who GG reached above all on Bach playing, has his support in the rhytm ; the rhytm is the form in movement, and that's why Bach sounds so nature and lyric in his hands.
You may get in the market romantic, passionate and analytical performances of the suites; but Gould will reward you ever.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach for all time April 19 2005
By J. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's interesting and helpfully instructive to read on this page an oboist's take on this Bach and the incomparable rendering offered by Glenn Gould. The idea that perception creates concept is perhaps in no other instance as true as in assessing the idea of Bach's music. Bach's place in the musical world is as strong as it's ever been, and Gould's hand in that formidable reformation is embodied perfectly in this recording. Having survived the scourge of Enlightenment, it's taken long enough to convince musical pedagogy in particular of Bach's melodic instinct and its place in his vast transforming musical schemata. For all his staccati, humming, fingertip technique, invention of ornamentation and tempi, Glenn Gould ALWAYS affords listeners an unshadowed look into the life of melody in music, and is therefore a natural Bach interpreter. Gould never played the piano as percussion instrument, rather always as an instrument for singing (indeed often ceding to his own singing the edifying glory of counterpoint) and THAT, notwithstanding all else, makes his Bach life-giving and bequeaths to us a Bach for all time. Over and over again I'm struck by the golden reach of Gould's intent here, an intimate resilience and candor rivaled perhaps only by his interpretation of the Toccatas. This is not prescription Bach, and for that it eternally beckons and feeds us. Let the faint-hearted become strong! Recommended without reserve.
45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought and Feeling April 3 2005
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
' When that I was but a little tiny boy,' as the song goes, my parents did their best to turn me into a pianist. While the experience taught me much about music, the keyboard turned out not to be my instrument, but the oboe. Regardless, the music of those often-frustrating years remains dear to me, and some of that was Bach's French Suites.

In my day one was taught that playing Bach was all about precision and tempo, two things that I never seemed to excel at. I'm typical of oboe players, lost in the melody, sometimes forgetting that there are other parts to pay attention to. Somehow I think that Glenn Gould and I are brothers under the skin. Although he was a far better musician than I became, and new darn well exactly what was important in a piece.

He sets you up with the Allemande from Suite No. 1 and then hares off for parts unexpected, squeezing each bit for all it is worth and then some. He mutates tempi, invents the ornamentation and proves, once and for all, that musicality frequently has little to do with what is printed on the sheet. In my youth, Gould was the essence of controversial, now I fiont he is like a fine wine, fill of unexpected flavors and unique harmonies.

If melody is God, Glenn Gould is it's prophet. The French Suites aren't meant to be rattled through, but to be mulled over for there finer points. Gould has a vision like few others and this untraditional approach brings you close to the music and its real beauty. He makes you wonder how Bach played this work, in the days before everyone made up the rules.

[Dedicated to Bob Zeidler, whose little finger knew more about music than I could ever hope to]
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply splendid Nov. 12 2003
By Rob Watkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
mr. gould was world renowned for his interpretations of many of bach's works for keyboard. here is a fine example of why--the playing is superb as gould evokes the passion and the energy of bach's french suites. these suites are not as lengthy nor as involved as the english suites, but they afford enough challenges to the pianist to make them mechanistic and devoid of feeling as the artist simply tries to make it through. here, though, there is a joy that comes through. mr. gould makes these completely crafted pieces sound improvisational and almost momentary in their construction. in short, they're fun to listen to. the effortlessness, though, is an illusion. the quality of the playing is entirely indicative of the effort applied. get this cd and enjoy!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glenn Gould the natural cantabile May 16 2004
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Listen to Mr. Gould in these French Suites is rejoinig with the life once more. His fresh and free style overpowers me every time I listen them.
My favorite Suite is the sixth. But instead my choice you know that he was a very clever artist deeply honest and convinced above all about what he's playing and how that sound must be.
His authoritative maestry on Bach let him several raptures accents that you always admire and hardly you find in otres performers..
The status who GG reached above all on Bach playing, has his support in the rhytm ; the rhytm is the form in movement, and that's why Bach sounds so nature and lyric in his hands.
You may get in the market romantic, passionate and analytical performances of the suites; but Gould will reward you ever.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bach, Classic Gould! Sept. 27 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I just picked this Cd up, having only heard the Suite in G major.
Once again i was dazzeled by Goulds technique at the piano. I know there must be a lot of people listening to Bach's piano music, but let me assure you that you're not receiving its full potential unless it is played by Gould! I own a lot of Bach, and other composers, all played by Gould. The man was a genius, and there has been no one like him. If you are thinking about getting this cd....stop thinking...start buying!! You won't be disappointed!!
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