Combining his remarkable talents as a pianist, essayist, radio producer and director of radio documentaries, Glenn Gould shocked audiences with his performances, and took the world by surprise when he withdrew from the public stage at the age of 32. He had ceaselessly stimulated musical minds with his experiments in recording and sound.Today, 20 years after his death, Glenn Gould remains one of the most unique and celebrated figures in the world of classical music.
Hereafter is a retrospective of the life and work of Gould, seen from today's point of view.
The film captures the essence of Gould's genius such as it is perceived by his audience, an audience that extends far beyond the strict notion of a musical audience.
Furthermore, based on a synthesis of all the documents existing on Gould, whether of a musical (sound and audio-visual) or of a literary and intellectual nature, this film strives to deal with the question of Gould's genius as a whole.
Discover this wonderful film on Blu-ray Disc for the first time!
1080i Full HD · 16:9, DVD: PCM 2.0, PCM 5.0
Original languages: English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
Booklet: English, French
Running time: 106 mins
“Monsaingeon has unearthed a great deal of footage of the young Gould playing the piano and talking about musical generally”
“Glenn Gould's cult status makes it hard for the would-be objective critic, compelled to fight his way through a tangled thicket of hero-worship and self-conscious idiosyncrasy. Gould's early retirement from concert-giving and his decision to devote himself exclusively to recording is castigated by Menuhin, for whom the live concert is sacred. For Gould a mosaic of takes, often extending over many years, was a musical ideal... there are valuable previously unavailable examples of Gould's playing, with dazzling flights through Chopin (the second Etude), Weber and Hindemith…”