What constitutes a musical rule-breaker? BBC Magazine has some nominees, including Glenn Gould and Khatia Buniatishvili.
This month’s cover star (March 2016 issue) is the pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, one of classical music’s rule-breakers. She’s a serious musician who is unafraid to take artistic risks, knowing full well that some of her listeners will be thrilled, others will be shocked. And she’s in good company. Here’s our guide to six performers of the recorded era who are unafraid to do things differently.
Glenn Gould, pianist
‘Maverick’ has become the go-to description for the Canadian pianist, whose best-selling 1955 debut of Bach’s Goldberg Variations set out his provocative stall. Extreme tempos, distinctive touch and articulation and an ability to rethink well-known masterpieces defined his style. Eccentric and reclusive, Gould famously declared the concert dead and believed the recording studio to be the future of classical music.