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Richard Goode

Piano

  • 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 discography, he has won a large and devoted following.

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  • A native of New York, Goode studied 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. His first public performance of the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas at New York’s 92Y in 1987/8 was hailed by the New York Times as “among the season’s most important and memorable events” and was later performed with great success at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1994 and 1995.


    Goode continues to perform at the highest level across Europe and the USA. In Europe, his 2015/16 season highlights include solo recitals in Glasgow, Dublin, Lyon, in Poland’s newest concert hall in Wroclaw and in London at both the Wigmore and Royal Festival Halls. With violinist Kristof Barati he will perform at the Liszt Academy, Budapest, and with orchestra he looks forward to performances of Mozart K595 with the Orchestre National de Lyon/Koopman and of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Orchestre de Paris/Blomstedt.


    In the US, highlights this season include returns to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra/Kahane and Cincinnati Symphony, and in recital Goode will perform as part of the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony series, and at major venues in the U.S. including those in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Vancouver, Washington DC, Cleveland, Denver, and Kansas City. He will also return to both the Gilmore Festival and Krannert Center at the University of Illinois in addition to performing in a gala concert celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.


    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/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 chosen for the Gramophone Good CD Guide. Other recording highlights include a series of Bach Partitas, a duo recording with Dawn Upshaw and Mozart piano concertos with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.


    Richard Goode was co-Artistic Director with Mitsuko Uchida of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Vermont (USA) from 1999-2013. 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.


    “There are brilliant young things among pianists, and there are wise old birds, who show their wisdom naturally in everything they do, without grandstanding or elaborate highlighting of details. Richard Goode is one of the latter sort.”
    Daily Telegraph

    2015/16 season / 536 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Concerto repertoire

Mozart
Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat major K271 'Jeunehomme'
Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat major, K450
Piano Concerto No.17 in G major, K453
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K466
Piano Concerto No.23 in A major K488
Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor K491
Piano Concerto No.25 in C major, K.503
Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat major K595


Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op. 15
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op. 19
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op. 37
Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op. 58
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major, Op. 73 ‘Emperor’
Choral Fantasy, Op. 80 

Sample recital programmes

J.S. Bach French Suite No.6 in E major, BWV 817
J.S. Bach 15 Sinfonias, BWV 787-801
J.S. Bach Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826
J.S. Bach Italian Concerto BWV 971


Beethoven Piano Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109
Beethoven Piano Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Op.110
Beethoven Eleven Bagatelles, Op.119, Nos.6-11
Beethoven Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111


Mozart Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, K.310/300d
Brahms Sechs Klavierstucke, Op. 118
Mozart Piano Sonata No.15 in F major, K.533/494
Brahms Four Pieces, Op 119


Schubert Piano Sonata in C minor, D.958
Schubert Piano Sonata in A major, D.959
Schubert Piano Sonata in B-flat major, D.960

Goode drew on a luxuriously wide palette to allow each piece its separate place in the sun... They all seemed larger than life, with their poetry in close-up, possessing an oracular grandeur... At 72 this great American is just hitting his stride.

Independent

The evening was dominated by Richard Goode at the keyboard. In an exquisitely nuanced performance of the joyful concerto, he sustained warmth and tension, also beguiling restraint within a persuasive aura of spontaneity. Never succumbing to interpretive flash or indulgent mannerism, he savoured precious detail here and, in comparable, compatible measure, a grand, heroic line there. Ever subtle and ever supple, he maintained a fragile fusion of virtuosity and introspection.

Financial Times

Richard Goode was the patrician soloist, reminding us why he’s widely admired as one of the foremost Mozart pianists America has produced. Typically, there was enormous musical intelligence at work in his playing, along with a grace and refinement, and purling tone, that connected long phrases with the utmost fluency and musical understanding. Everything was clearly thought out yet nothing felt less than spontaneous

Chicago Tribune

Intermusica represents Richard Goode in Europe

Leyla Güneş
Associate Director
+44 20 7608 9927
lgunes@intermusica.co.uk

Hannah Rawson
Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9928
hrawson@intermusica.co.uk

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Tim Mead

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Andreas Homoki

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Roger Vignoles