P0130. GLENN GOULD, w.Bernstein Cond. NYPO: Piano Concerto #1 in d (Brahms). (Italy) Melodram 18002, Live Performance, 6 April, 1962, Carnegie Hall (preceeded by Bernstein's spoken comments and caveat). Very long out-of-print, Final Rare Copy!
Given the unusual nature of Gould's conception of the piece, Bernstein determined that he would make a few remarks from the podium to better prepare the audience for the performance to come. He did this at the Thursday concert, widely seen as a preview of the rest of the run, to which critics did not come; however, he repeated his speech at the Friday concert, which was usually the one chosen for review. - Schuyler Chapin
Bernstein's remarks occasioned much comment from nearly all the critics present. Some viewed his idea favorably, others less so. The performance is still regularly referred to by critics and features in retrospectives of Gould's career. - Concert Hall Curveballs: Bernstein and Gould Gould, NPR, 18 Sept., 2006
Musical humorist Peter Schickele, in THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF P.D.Q. BACH, referred to this concert in his entry for P.D.Q. Bach's Concerto for Piano vs. Orchestra; he then claimed that at the premiere of the P.D.Q. Bach concerto, the conductor, pianist, and concertmaster all turned to the audience, and in unison disassociated themselves with the piece itself. - Peter Schickele. THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF P. D. Q. BACH, p. 187.
"[Glenn] had a strange combination of dogmaticism and great humor, which don't usually go together. The humor never, to my knowledge, went away....This was a man who was fascinated by the Arctic and the North Pole. In fact, at that very time he was making the incredible documentary about the North. He'd been there twice and was just about to go again because he was so fascinated by it. For this man, who was so afraid of the cold, to be attracted to the cold, is a paradox that only twelve Freuds could figure out. Here was a man you could really come to love. We became very close friends, but when he stopped playing in public, I saw less and less of him. I regret that, because it was a real relationship, based on a mutual appreciation of the sense of inquiry. He had an intellect that one could really play against and learn from. He was about fifteen years younger than I, I think, but I never felt that he was my junior, in any sense. He was a real peer, in every sense. When he died, l just couldn't bear it."
- Leonard Bernstein