Pianist Glenn Gould makes his Carnegie Hall recital debut on December 7.
His program includes a Fantasia by Sweelinck; Schoenberg’s Suite, Op. 25; Mozart’s Sonata in C Major, K. 330; and Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The previous January, Gould had made his New York orchestral debut, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. While Gould appeared a total of 17 times at Carnegie Hall, he would only return for one more solo recital: In 1959 he presented an eclectic mix of works by William Byrd, Bach, Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Alban Berg.
Gould never performed at Carnegie Hall again after April 8, 1962, the last of a controversial series of concerts with Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, on which Gould’s differing ideas of interpretation on Brahms’s D-minor piano concerto provoked both an unusual podium speech from Bernstein and sharp reactions from critics.
Gould retired permanently from concert performance at age 31 in 1964.
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