Options A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker: Playlist from April 16, 2012 Options

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All the spectacle and clamor you crave...without those pesky crowds.

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Options April 16, 2012: Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky and Glenn Gould speak from the past via Reproducing piano, rehearsals and studio outtakes. + Brooklyn Rider, Frank Martin and music of Chopin

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Artist Track Album Comments Approx. start time
Brooklyn Rider  Seven Steps   Options Seven Steps    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
        0:17:30 (Pop‑up)
Frédéric Chopin  Scherzo   Options The Performing Piano  Sergei Rachmaninoff performing Chopin via the Ampico Reproducing Piano  0:19:22 (Pop‑up)
Glenn Gould  Studio outtakes from Goldberg Variations   Options A State of Wonder: Complete Goldberg Variations 1955 & 1981    0:26:51 (Pop‑up)
Igor Stravinsky  Rehearsing the Cleveland Orchestra in 1952: Symphony in C   Options     0:34:05 (Pop‑up)
Igor Stravinskty  Symphony in C, I. Moderato all breve (1940)   Options Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky - Mono Years 1952-55    0:35:32 (Pop‑up)
        0:59:46 (Pop‑up)
Frank Martin        0:59:57 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  8:06pm Skirkie:

Well this is lovely.
  8:06pm 12539:

(here and happy)
  8:17pm JayBe:

My Karl Haas fix. Awesome.
  8:18pm ranjit:

I love mechanical music, but this is kind of weird!
Avatar 8:21pm j4ff:

Glad you introduced it as the 'ghost of Rachmaninov' but I think I like the element of mystery better!
  8:21pm JayBe:

Zie Germans.
Avatar 8:22pm AndreaK:

I agree, more fun to not know. Bethany: keep us waiting!
Avatar 8:24pm Olio:

disagree!! I like the image of a piano playing by itself with the specter hovering in the room
  8:25pm triish:

I prefer the exposition. Could have it hidden in the playlist with a little, wee script.
  8:28pm 12539:

Next year's marathon premium: the A440 decoder ring, so you can choose to know or not know what's playing.
  8:30pm JayBe:

I agree with 12539. Strongly.
Avatar 8:30pm bethany:

Studio outtakes from 1955 recording session, by 1981 maybe he had it down? Nah. Probably he was cursing and Sony didn't put that out.
Avatar 8:31pm bethany:

"...sitting on an upturned wastebasket." GENIUS
  8:31pm JayBe:

Wait, isn't that the playlists?
  8:33pm ranjit:

Gould was into mashups!
  8:34pm bunyan:

This got me curious about who the earliest composers might be who just reached the era of recording on piano rolls or acoustical recording, so that we still manage to have performances of theirs. (There are plenty who made piano rolls but also lived well into the age of electric recording.) Apparently Grieg and Debussy left a number of piano rolls (Debussy also accompanied on an acoustical recording in 1904). Anyone even earlier?
  8:35pm bunyan:

A wastebasket?! Did Gould have that appallingly beat-up chair along with him?
  8:37pm Brainiac:

Yes, his father made it for him and it was the only thing he would use during concerts. He bent low over the keys and sang to himself as he played. Or so it says on wikipedia.
  8:38pm triish:

Nice collection of photos
Avatar 8:39pm bethany:

Research Projects / Homework: 1) When did Glenn Gould begin to bring around his ratty chair 2) When were the earliest piano rolls capturing composers performing their own works? I'll work on it, bonus points for anyone who emails me what they come up with.
  8:41pm bunyan:

Brainiac: You sometimes hear Gould "singing along" on released recordings. Even *careful* mic-ing can prevent only so much...
  8:41pm Brainiac:

I can have reserachghjkl?
Avatar 8:43pm bethany:

Ha! I can correct my comment typos!
  8:43pm Brainiac:

Oh, Bethany.
  8:45pm ranjit:

I love hearing Gould singing along, and I wish there were more recordings like that.

What is this, Bethany, the Ministry of Truth? :D
  8:50pm bunyan:

Why, here's a book *just out* which might be one place to start that research on recorded 19th-Century composer/pianists...

  8:53pm Skirkie:

I'm not smart. I need to be told things.
  8:57pm 12539:

Nice show, Bethany.
  1:09pm Nat R:

Listening at work, these Gould outtakes are revelatory!
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