My god, is this man good.
Here’s a great recording of Gould, doing a little Bach. The one thing about Gould that’s slightly endearing but mostly annoying is that he would sing, often audibly, during his pivotal recordings. Though his lips move in this one, all you hear is pure genius.
Gould actually makes me pissed off, he’s such a genius. You can feel the brain energy in his hands, the control, the mastery, the “this part is bold, this part is shy” delivery that lets you know every part is thought out and expressive. Jesus, if I’m ever this good at anything, kill me while I can still do it.