Saturday, 23 March 2019

Chalk and Cheese - Gould and Menuhin

It turns out that opposites can sometimes go together very well. Two very different approaches to Bach, by great musicians, each with great mutual respect for the other.

To my mind; this somewhat experimental, improvisatory (and from Menuhin - rough-edged) live performance is absolutely rivetting in its intensity.


William Wildblood said...

When I was at school we had the great privilege one day of having Yehudi Menuhin play for us. I think his son may have been a pupil. Anyway he played a Bach sonata for unaccompanied violin and it sounded to my inexperienced ears as though there were 2 or 3 violinists playing. The 16 year olds that my friends and I were prepared to laugh at this stodgy classical stuff but we were dumbstruck. I remember someone saying in an awed voice at the end. "That was better than the Grateful Dead!"

dearieme said...

O/T: your sort of thing?

Bruce Charlton said...

@d - Since all real scientists have always known this, I am cynical about mainstream research saying the same. much too late in the day. The bureaucracy gets what the bureaucracy wants - and they control the research appointments, funding, promotions, prizes and media publicity. There is no place for science in the system.