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The Gould Standard
132 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
E.D. Faulkin: Adversity, Art and Triumph
E.D. Faulkin is a self-taught composer and pianist, and a good friend of The Glenn Gould Foundation. His grandfather was a member of the Tahltan First Nation in British Columbia. Separated from his heritage and growing up in the United States, Elgis experienced an abusive childhood and spent his teen years in poverty, homelessness, trauma and despair. Meet this extraordinary man and artist, as he recounts how he discovered the power of music, taught himself to play and compose, and in so doing, transformed his life. E.D.'s message of hope carries the powerful lesson that none of us is without value and each possesses the potential to bring beauty into the world, no matter how afflicted their situation. Music included in this episode: Mahler’s Night Shadows - E.D. Faulkin Anti-Klassieka - E.D. Faulkin Moonlight Sonata - First Movement - L. v. Beethoven - Hoffman Lescallda - E.D. Faulkin "What Love Tells Me,” Adagio, Symphony No. 3 - G. Mahler - Abbado/Vienna Philharmonic Nocturne No. 5 - E.D. Faulkin Asian Nocturne No. 2 - E.D. Faulkin Bodenbach Prelude - E.D. Faulkin Concerto in D minor after Alessandro Marcello, BWV 974 II. Adagio 1 - J.S. Bach, performed by Glenn Gould Du Coeur (From the Heart) - E.D. Faulkin Listen to E.D. Faulkin's music and compositions on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/darkpoetical/featured Explore more episodes of The Gould Standard below!
60 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Tatiana Maslany: An Encore
The Gould Standard Episode 19: Tatiana Maslany, An Encore If the mark of a great actor is the ability to transform herself completely, then Tatiana Maslany is one of the finest of her generation. With her Emmy-winning breakout playing multiple cloned “sisters” in the TV series Orphan Black, Tatiana not only showed the world her incredible versatility but her ability to infuse her characters with compassion, diverse experiences, and an intense longing for connection. Photo credit: BBC America. In this exclusive conversation, Tatiana and Brian talk about her beginnings growing up in Regina, Saskatechewan, her failure in gymnastics, passion for improv, zombie flicks, her latest role as a Depression era radio evangelist in Perry Mason, and of course, Sarah Manning, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Beth and all the other “sistras” from Orphan Black... and her recent experience as a juror for The Glenn Gould Prize. Watch our teaser video for our conversation with Tatiana: Explore more episodes of The Gould Standard below!
118 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Cory Doctorow: An Encore
In a special encore presentation, we're delighted to highlight our conversation with Cory Doctorow, originally published in October 2020. Stay tuned for a new season of The Gould Standard as we bring you even more thought-provoking conversations. Has technology ushered in a Brave New World of creativity, connectedness and individual empowerment— or has it created an invisible tool to enable surveillance, manipulation and the invasion of our privacy? Few people alive speak more clearly and provocatively to these issues than Cory Doctorow, award-winning science fiction writer, blogger and activist for a more open, accountable and human-rights-focused digital future. In this in-depth conversation with host Brian Levine, Cory explores the deep social engagement, sense of wonder, and occasionally, the rage that inspires his fiction and non-fiction writing.
100 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Mobley: The One-Man Band
Austin-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mobley describes his style as "post-genre," an evocative mix of pop, soul, rock with inventive touches that defy classification. What marks him as one of the most interesting emerging artists today is his beguiling blend of searing social criticism with captivating melodies, all brilliantly on display in his recent album, Young and Dying in the Occident Supreme. In this revealing conversation, Mobley talks about re-inventing himself as a one-man band who creates a richly layered ensemble experience while performing solo, his work in film and video and his unique and haunting collaborative video project inspired by the parlour game "Exquisite Corpse." Explore more episodes of The Gould Standard below!
72 minutes | May 20, 2021
Ai Weiwei: The Conscience of An Artist
Ai Weiwei is a unique presence in the world of visual art - equal parts avant-garde icon, activist and moral conscience for our times. His courage is legendary both in pushing the boundaries between the new and the traditional in art and between art and politics. He has inspired the world with his defiance in the face of authoritarianism. Join us for a deeply moving conversation, ranging from Ai's origins and formative influences, his struggles to defend freedom of expression against the forces of repression, his monumental installations and his equally bold provocations of the powerful and complacent through his documentary films. Music clips in this episode: Steve Lane - Largo from Shostakovich String Quartet no. 8 David Oistrakh Quartet - Largo from Shostakovich String Quartet no. 8 Academy of St. Martin's in the Field: Largo from Shostakovich String Quartet no. 8 Explore more episodes of The Gould Standard below!
101 minutes | May 6, 2021
Barbara Hannigan: A Modern Maestra
If there is such a thing as a superstar in the world of contemporary classical music, soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan ranks at the top of a very short list. With her quicksilver voice, charismatic personality and the striking physicality she brings to each performance, she has done what most people considered impossible - making the music of Ligeti, Boulez and Schoenberg irresistible to the many. Add to that her growing fame in the still male-dominated filed of orchestral conducting, and you have Barbara Hannigan, one of today's truly transformative musical forces. From her beginnings in Waverley, Nova Scotia to the great stages of the world, we talked with Barbara about her meteoric rise, her work with today's greatest composers and the joys of bringing modern masterpieces to life. Explore more episodes of The Gould Standard below!
56 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
The Passions of Viggo Mortensen: Part II
In Part II of our conversation with Viggo Mortensen, we delve into this protean artist's multidimensional engagements following his landmark success in the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. From music, to photography, painting and publishing, his multilingual acting roles and even his fascination for a masterpiece of silent film, Viggo delights and astonishes with his boundless curiosity, creativity and passion. Explore more episodes of The Gould Standard below!
77 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
The Passions of Viggo Mortensen: Part I
Viggo Mortensen is a kaleidoscopically talented artist whose work spans a vast range of creative media from acting, directing, music, poetry, painting, photography and book publishing. Enshrined in the hearts and minds of film lovers and fantasy fans as the perfect embodiment of Aragorn the King in Lord of the Rings, Viggo joins us during his time in quarantine via Zoom for Part One of a candid and far-reaching conversation of his formative experiences, creative passions and Tolkien-esque adventures. Explore more episodes of The Gould Standard below!
121 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Sondra Radvanovsky: Opulently Operatic
TGS Episode 12 - Sondra Radvanovsky: Opulently Operatic Sondra Radvanovsky is one of the great dramatic sopranos of our time, a singing actress who has thrilled audiences around the world in her performances of Verdi's operas as well as mastering the virtuoso bel canto repertoire. But this down-to-earth diva defies every operatic stereotype - she is warm, open and generous, enlightening us on the way we think of the word “diva” itself. Join us for this inside look at Sondra's career, the impact of Covid cancellations and her unlikely emergence as a podcast queen in her own right. A treat for newcomers to opera and seasoned aficionados alike. Explore more episodes of The Gould Standard below!
115 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Hilary Hahn: Her Brave New World
TGS Episode 11 - Hilary Hahn: Her Brave New World Hilary Hahn is one of the most beloved violinists in the world, an artist whose musicianship, passion and brilliance has earned her devoted fans everywhere. Still, she is so much more - a strong, visionary woman, a role model, and an artist who looks to the future. In this candid conversation, Hilary talks about her early life and career, staying active and engaged through the pandemic, her commitment to commissioning new music, her engagement with artificial intelligence and even her happy encounter with Mr. Rogers. Explore more episodes of The Gould Standard below!
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