Part one of his second recording of the Goldberg Variations (1981)-the more soulful of his recordings. The 1954 recording is a fierce attack, and serves as a stark contrast to the later performance (below) – after it’s been rattling around in his head for almost 30 years.
November 20, 2015 at 11:48 pm
I have a theory, which is my own, and I have two data points now, so it must be true. My theory is that it is the surname that causes this satisfying entertaining strangeness of the mind. I give you Stephen J. Gould: http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic1049594.files/Gould%20Mickey%20Mouse.pdf
(And I preferred the later performance above. Maybe I’m getting old?)
November 21, 2015 at 12:18 pm
An excellent article by SJ Gould – thanks for that. I think a similar transformation happened with Warner Brothers’ Bugs Bunny.
I prefer the later performance as well, but am amazed by the talent he possessed from his youth.