Sunday, October 13, 2013

Gould & Mozart?

Ordinarily, I prefer the eccentric Gould in Bach only. His Bach mesmerizes me. But I stumbled across this (yes, eccentric) recording of the "Rondo Alla Turca" movement from Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major.

Ordinarily, this movement is played trippingly and with gusto. As if eunuchs trailing silk scarves were dancing up a delightful court pantomime. But here comes Gould! He slows it down. He plays it with a kind of funky swing. While listening to this, I discovered my shoulders bouncing up and down to the exotic strutting groove.

Sometimes, a reduction in tempo uncovers and releases inherent rhythm.

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