Glenn Gould is one of Canada's most famous musicians, and even now, thirty years after his untimely death at the age of 50, his music and his legacy live on.
In the fall of 2011, Sony Classical released a unique and historic box set, 10 DVDs packed with rare material from the CBC vaults: performances, discussions, and interviews with the legendary figure, all broadcast on CBC Television. From his earliest existing TV appearance on a 1954 kinescope to a series of programs on twentieth-century music from the late 1970s, it's an unprecedented collection, made possible by Sony, CBC, and the Gould estate.
During its 75th anniversary year, CBC Radio launched both the box set and a new Glenn Gould/CBC website (cbc.ca/gould) with a big celebration in September 2011 -- appropriately enough, at the Glenn Gould Studio in CBC's Canadian Broadcasting Centre in downtown Toronto. This video was used to promote the box set and also kicked off the live event.
As a pianist and as a fan of Glenn's, I was honoured to be selected to produce this sizzle reel. After watching all the contents of the box set, this 170-second trailer was distilled exclusively from these shows. Every sound and image comes straight from this tremendous collection. The rare, behind-the-scenes photos featured in the reel will appear on the website. (And watch for an appearance from a young Alex Trebek...)
The music is taken from Glenn's TV performance of the Quodlibet (Variation 30) and the Aria from Bach's Goldberg Variations, also featured on the DVDs.
August 29, 2011
Created for CBC Radio
Executive, CBC Radio: Mark Steinmetz
Executive Producer: Ann MacKeigan
Editor: Nicolas Kleiman
Post-Production Audio: Ron Searles
2 minutes 50 seconds