34 episodes

A conversational podcast about the arts, culture, and contemporary society. We talk with artistic heroes working to create a more inclusive and mindful world, hear their incredible stories, and get to know what makes them tick. Our featured guests are leaders in a wide range of fields, nationalities, and lived experience, including musical composers and performers, painters, poets, filmmakers, actors, dancers, broadcasters, and more.

The Gould Standard The Glenn Gould Foundation

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

A conversational podcast about the arts, culture, and contemporary society. We talk with artistic heroes working to create a more inclusive and mindful world, hear their incredible stories, and get to know what makes them tick. Our featured guests are leaders in a wide range of fields, nationalities, and lived experience, including musical composers and performers, painters, poets, filmmakers, actors, dancers, broadcasters, and more.

    Gould's Glorious Goldbergs with Tim Page & Richard Einhorn

    Gould's Glorious Goldbergs with Tim Page & Richard Einhorn

    Glenn Gould was propelled to stardom by his 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. After a lifetime of study and contemplation, and in anticipation of his 50th birthday, Gould decided to return for another trip to the summit of this musical Everest. His radical rethinking of the Goldbergs became a new masterpiece, admired by music-lovers around the world.

    It was also a valedictory statement: released on his 50th birthday, the album preceded the stroke that would end Gould’s life by a few days, a tragic bookend to a storied musical life. As Sony Classical releases a brand new 11-CD set of the complete 1981 Goldbergs session material, we talk with two consummate musical minds who were there with Gould during the creation of the recording: distinguished composer and producer Richard Einhorn, who was part of the production team, and Gould’s friend and Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, Tim Page.

    Enjoy these amazing insights into Gould's life and work as we revisit the birth of a legend in the annals of recording.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    François Girard & Don McKellar: 32 Short Memories of a Film Classic

    François Girard & Don McKellar: 32 Short Memories of a Film Classic

    Join us for an inside look at the making of a Canadian film classic, Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, which was shot 30 years ago. Renowned film, theatre and opera director François Girard is joined by actor, screenwriter and director Don McKellar as they reveal the creative process behind one of the most memorable and structurally daring works about a musician ever committed to film—their inimitable portrait of Glenn Gould. Listen to their conversation on why Glenn Gould continues to be a powerful artistic presence in their lives and imaginations, four decades after his death. This episode continues our series of GlennGould@90 podcasts celebrating the 90th anniversary of Gould’s birth in 2022.
    FRANÇOIS GIRARD:

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    Canadian Film Encyclopedia

    DON MCKELLAR:

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    Canadian Film EncyclopediaTHE GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION:
    Official GGF Website
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Scaling the Heights with Gould’s Wall

    Scaling the Heights with Gould’s Wall

    New from Tapestry Opera, Gould’s Wall is a contemporary opera from Canadian composer Brian Current. This audacious work invokes Glenn Gould’s dizzying pursuit of artistic perfection, defying expectations as well as gravity by literally shifting the plane of reality from horizontal to vertical. Performed in The Royal Conservatory’s atrium, Gould’s Wall runs from August 4th to August 12th, 2022 in Toronto.
    We spoke with the team behind the opera about the historical wall, the creative process and its challenges, and Gould’s presence throughout the work. Featuring composer Brian Current, librettist Liza Balkan, director Philip Akin, and Tapestry Opera’s Artistic Director, Michael Hidetoshi Mori, this special conversation contemplates art in its highest forms. It is also the first in our new series of GlennGould@90 podcasts celebrating the 90th anniversary of Gould’s birth in 2022. 
    TAPESTRY OPERA:

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    • 44 min
    Laurie Anderson & Bob Ezrin: An Encore

    Laurie Anderson & Bob Ezrin: An Encore

    In a special encore presentation, we’re highlighting one of our most popular episodes with Laurie Anderson and Bob Ezrin, originally published in February 2021.
    Two of the most transformative musical forces of our time—Laurie Anderson and super-producer Bob Ezrin—sit down for a talk with host Brian Levine. This intimate conversation is one of old friends reminiscing on career highlights, the creative passions that drive them and, of course, their shared love of Lou Reed. Listen to Laurie and Bob’s remarkable stories of days past, thoughtful perspectives on our current moment, and plans for future collaboration.
     LAURIE ANDERSON:

    Website
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    Wikipedia
    Spotify

    BOB EZRIN:

    Website
    IMDB
    Wikipedia
    Spotify

    THE GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION:

    Official GGF Website
    Twitter
    Instagram
    YouTube Channel
    Facebook
    LinkedIn

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Howard Shore: The Art of the Score

    Howard Shore: The Art of the Score

    In the annals of world cinema, a select group of artists—the composers of film music—have earned a special place of honour. Their work unlocks the inner emotions of films, builds suspense, and drives the action in masterpieces as well as mass market franchise features. In this select company, Howard Shore holds a unique position. His creations showcase immense psychological depth, and his stylistic range spans collaborations with directors such as David Cronenberg, Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton and Peter Jackson.
    Howard spoke with us about the four distinct careers he’s had over the past few decades. He was a member of pioneering Canadian jazz-rock fusion band Lighthouse, then the first Music Director at Saturday Night Live. He became a composer of serious concert works and, finally, wrote some of the most memorable music in film history. This conversation covers it all, including his ascent of that musical Everest: the many hours of unforgettable orchestral and choral music created for The Lord of the Rings.
    HOWARD SHORE:

    Website
    IMDB
    Wikipedia
    Spotify

    THE GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION:

    Official GGF Website
    Twitter
    Instagram
    YouTube Channel
    Facebook
    LinkedIn

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Jordi Savall: Music’s Greatest Time Traveller

    Jordi Savall: Music’s Greatest Time Traveller

    Jordi Savall is the greatest living specialist in Early Music. As a conductor, composer, and viola de gamba player, he studies music pre-dating Bach, performed with its specific instruments and styles. Savall has placed his passionate stamp on a repertoire spanning 1,300 years and ranging across Europe, the Middle East, the Balkans, Africa and the Americas.
    From rocking dance rhythms to sacred splendour, Savall makes the peoples of these distant times and cultures come alive again, sharing their joys and sorrows with us, and demonstrating that nothing human is ever beyond our empathy. In this rare conversation, the UNESCO Artist for Peace discusses his 50 years of bringing forgotten worlds to life.JORDI SAVALL: • Website • Music Label • Facebook • Instagram • WikipediaTHE GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION: • Official Website • Twitter • Instagram • YouTube Channel • Facebook • GGF on LinkedIn

    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Artisticmtn ,

Brilliant

Brian Levine is an excellent interviewer. His latest podcast with Ai Wei Wei is both informative and though provoking. Truly a joy to listen.

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