Glenn Gould's Five Most-Watched YouTube Videos

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Internet has accomplished much. For classical music, it serves as a repository for some remarkable video performances. Fortunately for us, the eccentric pianist Glenn Gould, whose career was captured on camera from an early age, is well represented. Because there are so many of Gould's captivating performances posted, we found it difficult to rank any one of the dozens of videos subjectively. Instead, we've decided to post Gould's five most popular (viewed) performance videos.

Because these videos were uploaded by fans in many cases, with few details of their dates or venues indicated, we do not have much to add to the title of them.

Have you seen any others you prefer? Post links in the comments section to other Glenn Gould YouTube videos for all to enjoy.

1. Extracts from "The Art of Piano," a feature-length documentary film, with Glenn Gould playing J.S. Bach's Partita No. 2
2,967,619 Views

2. Glenn Gould plays J.S. Bach's Piano Concerto No. 7 in G minor
2,050,428 Views

3. Goldberg Variations 1-7
This is original studio video made when Gould was recording Bach's Goldberg Variations in 1981.
1,968,921 Views

4. Glenn Gould - Bach Concerto in D minor (1 of 3)
Drawn from "The Glenn Gould Collection" DVD, "The Earliest Decade" shows Gould in a 1957 orchestral performance recorded at the CBC:
975,085 Views

5. Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier Book 2 - Prelude e Fugue In A
This late performance appears to be drawn from the DVD set "Glenn Gould on Television: The Complete CBC Broadcasts, 1954-1977"
959,475 Views

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Comments [2]

Silversalty from Brooklyn

Glenn Gould - Beethoven, Liszt trascription of Symphony No 6 (excerpt of beginning of 1st mvmt.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoQDofxpNsI

Beethoven/Liszt: Symphony No.6 Op.68 "Pastoral" - V Movement
- not really a video. Audio with still images of Gould
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGVgmW4egAw

Gould - Orlando Gibbons "Lord of Salisbury Pavan and Galliard"
- a little too slow for my taste
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WULDLz-WUxM

Glenn Gould plays William Byrd's "A Voluntary"
- again, not a true video but a sequence of stills. Beautiful though. Seems much too modern for about 400 years old.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dfrwVKGHYQ

Sep. 25 2012 04:37 PM
Richard Green from Brooklyn, New York

Hats Off to WQXR at the forefront of an ongoing marvelous compilation and sharing of incredible educational resources! And, how fantastic, the legacy of Glenn Gould, and that we can enjoy it SO!... thanks to these outstanding examples of how technology can bring educational opportunities alive across the boards! Happy Birthday, Glenn Gould!

Sep. 25 2012 03:26 PM

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