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.
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1. Extracts from "The Art of Piano," a feature-length documentary film, with Glenn Gould playing J.S. Bach's Partita No. 2
2. Glenn Gould plays J.S. Bach's Piano Concerto No. 7 in G minor
3. Goldberg Variations 1-7
This is original studio video made when Gould was recording Bach's Goldberg Variations in 1981.
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:
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"