Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Read Tim Smith's Review of Richard Goode's Recital

Posted by: sjacobsohn

From The Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith:

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/classicalmusic/2012/03/satisfying_sonic_sunday_bso_wi.html

Satisfying sonic Sunday: BSO with Belohlavek, Richard Goode at Shriver Hall

On Sunday afternoon, I took in a couple of highly satisfying performances.

“After the BSO, it was time for the Shriver Hall Concert Series and a typically eloquent recital by Richard Goode.

The pianist, who hummed along at times (well, I hope that's where the humming emanated from), began with two dramatic Mozart items -- the C minor Fantasie and C minor Sonata, which were linked together to make an even richer statement.

Although Goode had the music in front of him, he sounded thoroughly at home. The playing had a strong dynamic edge that pointed up how much Mozart was pushing the keyboard of his day, paving the way for Beethoven to push it further.

This, naturally, helped connect the Mozart pieces to the next work, Beethoven's Sonata No. 18, which Goode (now from memory) played the heck out of. The dashing Scherzo and witty finale were dispatched with particular brilliance.

Chopin was the focus after intermission. Where some pianists tend to bring out the softer side of the composer's music and others the muscular, Goode managed to honor both. Although he rushed through some waltzes, he still managed to produce lovely touches. Most impressive was his handling of the C-sharp minor Scherzo, marked by understated virtuosity and poetic richness.

I loved, too, Goode's encores -- Chopin's C major Mazurka (Op. 24, No. 2), with its piquant twists and turns; and Schumann's "Traumerei," phrased with effortless grace.”

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Stephen Jacobsohn was appointed Executive Director of SHCS in May 2009 and became the President in 2014. A conservatory trained cellist, he has performed across the globe and, before joining the Series, served in a variety of administrative roles for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 2005-2009 .

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