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Remembering Glenn Gould
Twenty Interviews With People Who Knew Him

This interview took place on November 5, 2011, at Kuerti's home in downtown Toronto. Here, he suggests Gould's performing mannerisms were cultivated for publicity purposes, and recalls a story about Gould and the famous conductor George Szell.

Anton Kuerti: Pianist to Pianist

Toronto-based concert pianist Anton Kuerti was born in Vienna in 1938. His family immigrated to the USA shortly thereafter, and he made his professional debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra at the age of eleven. Kuerti moved to Toronto in 1965, and soon established himself as one of Canada's foremost pianists, with a worldwide career. A prolific recording artist, he has recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas and concertos for piano, as well as the Schubert sonatas and the Brahms concertos, among other works. Kuerti is also an essayist on political and cultural issues, and in 1994 published an article in Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper entitled "All That Glitters is not Gould." In it, he questioned many aspects of Gould's interpretations — and also the posthumous admiration for Gould that shows no sign of abating. "Even in Gould's homeland," Kuerti asked rhetorically, "isn't this getting a bit out of proportion?"

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