Thursday, October 18, 2012

Glenn Gould gets Beethoven right

Listening to Glenn Gould and realizing he is the ONLY pianist I've ever heard play Moonlight Sonata fast enough, especially/namely the iconic first movement. Most casual classical aficionados may not realize it's written in cut time, and should be played at least 25 percent faster than the average concert pianist plays it. And the finale (listen to the whole sonata, if you haven't) should be played like your hair's on fire.

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