We’re coming upon the end of the Glenn Gould year, which marks the 75th anniversary of his birth and the 25th anniversary of his death. This Canadian pianist was in a certain respect the H.L. Mencken of the music world, cavalierly displaying his healthy irreverence for the more fossilized aspects of the classical music scene. It was Gould’s recordings that cured me of that insidious infection known as artistic authenticity, and I shall be grateful to him forever for this.
Perhaps his signature piece was the Goldberg Variations of J.S. Bach. Here he is playing the Aria from that piece.