Recordings: Good as Gould

Last week in Toronto, that happy hypochondriac Glenn Gould was busy coming down with the flu, having dizzy spells, getting massaged, guarding his private life, and communicating with the world, as usual, only by telephone.

Everywhere, however, his latest batch of recordings—five, all told—were pouring forth like gabby world travelers, which indeed they are. Four years after his withdrawal from public concert life, Pianist Gould is still pursuing one of the most remarkable careers in recording history. First, there is his initial installment of Book 2 of The Well-Tempered Clavier, dazzlingly executed, imaginatively...

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