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“You know, I’ve always sort of sat down at night and played Wagner for myself, because I’m a total Wagnerite—hopelessly addicted to the later things especially—and I thought it would be fun to make my own transcriptions.” To manage the ending of the Meistersinger Overture without leaving out any of the themes, Gould had to play four-hands with himself—an instance of what he called “creative lying.”

Glenn Gould Plays His Own Transcriptions of Wagner Orchestral Showpieces

Released: 1973

    Disc 1

  1. Die Meistersinger, Prelude, Act I (Piano transcription)
  2. Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey from Götterdämmerung
  3. Siegfried-Idyll