Glenn Gould – Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 1 (1998)

Composer: Johannes Brahms

Composition: Piano Concerto No. 1

Performers: Glenn Gould, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Released: Sony Classical / 1998

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The circumstances surrounding this April 6, 1962 concert at Carnegie Hall are as legendary as the performance itself. Pianist Gould desired to play the piece at a slower-than-usual tempo, Bernstein (who was conducting the New York Philharmonic) did not. Gould prevailed, but Bernstein shared his disavowal in an infamous pre-concert speech to the audience. This CD-the concert recording’s first authorized release-includes Bernstein’s speech, the complete performance and a revealing Glen Gould interview recorded two years later.

Newly remastered from a Voice of America mono off-line aircheck, one hears more detail and ambiance here than in previous reissues of this controversial performance taped live at Carnegie Hall April 6th, 1962. The conductor’s infamous “disclaimer” disassociating himself from Glenn Gould’s slow tempi is preserved along with a snippet from an interview in which Gould defends both his interpretation and Bernstein’s actions. The first movement starts slow, but insidiously speeds up to a tempo not far from the norm. Flickering in and out of Bernstein’s turgid orchestral backdrop, Gould downplays the music’s fiery intensity, seeking to emphasize its meditative qualities and contrapuntal implications. If Sony wanted to issue a Gould Brahms D- Minor, why not the more incisive, and far better-engineered October 1962 Baltimore version? — Jed Distler (source:

1. “Don’t Be Frightened. Mr. Gould Is Here…”
Leonard Bernstein`s pre-concerto comments at
Carnegie Hall, New York City, April 6, 1962

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 in В minor, op. 15
2. I. Maestoso
3. II. Adagio
4. III. Rondo. Allegro non troppo

Glenn Gould, piano
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein
(Live performance, Carnegie Hall, April 6, 1962.)

5. Except of New York Philharmonic Intermission Radio Interview
of Glenn Gould by James Fassett, broadcast February 2, 1963

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