GATINEAU, QUEBEC, 15 MAY 2007â€”Glenn
Gould was one of the most celebrated Canadians of his generation, a
classical pianist renowned internationally for his musical genius and his unconventional
style. This year, on the 75th anniversary of his birth,
Gouldâ€™s story will be told in a major exhibition developed by the Canadian
Museum of Civilization in partnership with Library and Archives Canada.
The exhibition will open at the Canadian Museum of
Civilization, in Ottawa-Gatineau, on 28 September 2007, the week of
Gouldâ€™s birthday. It remains on view until to10
August 2008. Entitled Glenn Gould: The Sounds of
Genius, the multimedia exhibition will feature sound recordings,
taped interviews and videos, as well as an array of artifacts,
including Gouldâ€™s Steinway piano and the specially modified folding chair on which
he sat while playing. The exhibition also brings together, for
the first time, a large collection of Gouldâ€™s letters, manuscripts, publicity posters
and personal items on loan from Library and Archives Canada.
"The primary purpose of the exhibition is to remind Canadians of the
many facets of Gouldâ€™s musical genius," said curator Sam Cronk. " in a
statement to the press. "But we also examine his trail-blazing work
in studio production, and in radio and television programming. He was a
multimedia artist decades before that term came into vogue."
From 28 - 30 September 2007, in conjunction with
the exhibitionâ€™s opening, the Glenn Gould Foundation is organizing a major
conference at the Museum. Glenn Gould and the Future of Music
will bring together scholars, leaders in the
arts, cultural studies and business fields, and musicians to discuss Gouldâ€™s visionary
ideas and their relevance in todayâ€™s digital musical world.
Glenn Gould was born in Toronto in 1932. His musical gifts were
apparent very early in life. As a three-year-old, he could read music; at
five, he was composing and performing for family and friends; at 15, he
had his professional debut as a concert pianist, playing with the Toronto
In 1955, the 23-year-old made his first recording of his signature
piece: Bachâ€™s Goldberg Variations. The recording earned him
international acclaim and made the young man a full-blown celebrity. He
toured Europe, the United States , Israel and the former USSR .
But just nine years after his vault into stardom, Gould made his final,
controversial exit from the concert stage. Performing for a live audience
had become unbearable for him â€” physically, emotionally, and artistically.
Gould then turned his attention to the production of radio and television
documentaries and, later, to conducting.
Glenn Gould died from a stroke in 1982, just days after his fiftieth
birthday. Today, he remains Canada â€™s most acclaimed classical pianist and
one of the last centuryâ€™s most unusual musicians.
Glenn Gould: The Sounds of Genius
28 September 2007
- 10 August 2008
100 Laurier Street
Tel: (1) 819 776 70 00
J. S Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV
Glenn Gould, piano (1955)
Sony Classical: 88697-03350-2
Available in stores and online throughout Canada and the United
States on 29 May 2007, Zenph Studioâ€™s re-performance of pianist Glenn
Gouldâ€™s renowned 1955 rendition of the Bach Goldberg Variations
offers the listener state-of-the-art sound on a new Sony BMG Masterworks
hybrid multichannel SACD/CD disc, which includes versions tailored for
surround sound and headphone listening. More significantly, Zenph Studioâ€™s
computer-controlled sleight-of-hand replicates Gould's touch, timing and
sound. For some fans of the Canadian pianist, the aural experience is that
of a live performance rather than a recorded one. For skeptics, it
is a piano roll on steroids. That said, Gould was fascinated by
the technical and aesthetic possiblities of studio recording and would, no doubt,
be intrigued by this latest software development.
Haydn: Six Last Piano Sonatas; Glenn Gould,
meilleurs disques classiques
Haydn: Les 6 derniĂ¨res sonates pour
piano; Glenn Gould, piano