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A magisterial presence at the keyboard, Richard Goode is revered as “one of the finest pianists in the world” (The Washington Post). His elegantly crafted program includes Debussy’s Images, Book II, and Bach’s Partita No. 5, a buoyant work of joyous virtuosity.

“A performance of staggering virtuosity and musical insight.”—The Times (London)

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    Richard Goode

    Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music.  In regular performances with major orchestras, recitals in the world’s music capitals, and through his extensive and acclaimed Nonesuch recordings, he has secured a large and devoted following. 

    Gramophone Magazine recently captured the essence of what makes Richard Goode such an original and compelling artist: '‘Every time we hear him, he impresses us as better than we remembered, surprising us, surpassing our expectations and communicating perceptions that stay in the mind.”

    In the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Goode will appear as soloist with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic with David Zinman, the Chicago Symphony with Mark Elder, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with Herbert Blomstedt, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Peter Oundjian, with whom he will also appear in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal with the Toronto Symphony.  His always compelling recitals will be heard at Carnegie Hall in New York, in London, in Paris, and at the Aldeburgh Festival.  In addition, he will perform a chamber music concert with members of The Boston Symphony Orchestra and will hold master classes at major conservatories and music schools in Europe and North America.

    Among the highlights of the 2012-2013 season were recitals in which, for the first time in his career, Mr. Goode performed the last three Beethoven Sonatas in one program, drawing capacity audiences and raves in such cities as New York, London and Berlin.  The New York Times, in reviewing his Carnegie Hall performance, hailed his interpretations as “majestic, profound readings…Mr. Goode’s playing throughout was organic and inspired, the noble, introspective themes unfolding with a simplicity that rendered them all the more moving."  Recent seasons have also included performances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra led by Fabio Luisi at Carnegie Hall, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel and with The Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

    An exclusive Nonesuch recording artist, Goode has made more than two dozen recordings over the years, ranging from solo and chamber works to lieder and concertos.  His latest recording of the five Beethoven concertos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer was released in 2009 to exceptional critical acclaim, described as “a landmark recording” by the Financial Times and nominated for a Grammy award.  His 10-CD set of the complete Beethoven sonatas cycle, the first-ever by an American-born pianist, was nominated for a Grammy and has been ranked among the most distinguished recordings of this repertoire.  Other recording highlights include a series of Bach Partitas, a duo recording with Dawn Upshaw and Mozart piano concertos with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. 

    A native of New York, Richard Goode studied with Elvira Szigeti and Claude Frank, with Nadia Reisenberg at the Mannes College of Music and with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute.  His numerous prizes over the years include the Young Concert Artists Award, First Prize in the Clara Haskil Competition, the Avery Fisher Prize and a Grammy award for his recording of the Brahms Sonatas with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.  His first public performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas at Kansas City’s Folly Theater and at New York’s 92Y in 1987-88 brought him to international attention being hailed by The New York Times as “among the season’s most important and memorable events.”  It was later performed with great success at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1994 and 1995. 

    Mr. Goode has served, together with Mitsuko Uchida, as co-Artistic Director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Marlboro, Vermont from 1999 through 2013.  Participating, initially, at the age of 14, at what The New Yorker magazine recently described as "the classical world's most coveted retreat," he has made a notable contribution to this unique community over the 28 summers he has spent there.  He is married to the violinist Marcia Weinfeld, and, when the Goodes are not on tour, they and their collection of some 5,000 volumes live in New York City.

    "Mr. Goode has thought long and hard and cares deeply about what he plays, and he has much to say that is provocative and moving . . . . Perhaps his most important gift is a clarity and soundness of expression, which compels a listener to re-think familiar pieces in new ways. . . It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Mr. Goode's recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtly or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself." - The New York Times

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)

In the Mists

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Images, Book II

Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)

Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 55, No. 2

Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)

Mazurka in C major, Op. 56, No. 2

Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)

3 Mazurkas, Op. 59

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Selections from Etudes, Book I

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

"La soirée dans Grenade" from Estampes

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

L'isle joyeuse

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