June 24, 2013

Happy Monday. Another warm day here. Should hit the low 80s like yesterday. Saturday was mid 70s and picture postcard pretty.

We watched an excellent documentary on the great Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, who stunned the world of classical music with his 1955 recording of J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. No one had heard Bach like that before. Gould was 23. He toured the world for the next 8 years, including Cold War Russia, where he drew sell-out audiences everywhere he went. Then at age 31 he retired from performing and spent the rest of his life until his death at 50 recording and doing radio specials. He was famously eccentric but greatly admired. The documentary has concert and studio footage and extended interviews with a number of friends and acquaintances, including famous performers. Even non-longhair music fans will enjoy it.


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