Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 4:31 pm
In case you didn't hear, it was Bach's birthday this week — and we celebrated with a whole week of Goldberg mania.
The North Korean National Symphony Orchestra is planning a U.S. tour this spring, starting in Atlanta. It's being organized by an outfit called the Global Resource Services, which says it's a humanitarian group that works in North Korea.
Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 2:54 pm
Canadian pianist Glenn Gould was only 22 years old when he released his debut recording, and that 1955 traversal of Bach's Goldberg Variations proved to be a revelation. Decades later, Gould disparaged that version — he called it full of "things that pass for expressive fervor in your average conservatory" — and he recorded it twice more, in a 1959 Salzburg concert and a contemplative 1981 studio recording.