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Bach: Partitas Nos. 1, 3, & 6

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    Carnegie Hall has announced its 2014–15 concert season, and featured among the performers taking the esteemed hall's stages are a number of artists familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal, including Jeremy Denk, Richard Goode, Gidon Kremer, Kronos Quartet, and Audra McDonald, as well as an all–Steve Reich program and the New York premiere of a work by Jonny Greenwood.

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    Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, has announced its 2013–14 concert season, which will feature performances from a number of Nonesuch artists: Kronos Quartet, which celebrates its 40th anniversary with two concerts at Zellerbach Hall; Joshua Redman, whose Quartet performs songs from his new album, Walking Shadows; and Richard Goode, performing music by Janáček, Schubert, and Debussy. Additionally, Cal Performances and the Ojai Music Festival present Ojai North!, of which pianist Jeremy Denk is this season's music director.

About this Album

“**** Exquisite renditions …There is no other performer who can make Bach’s music ring out on the piano with such lean and sinewy strength, such blinding translucence or such tender grace … His artistry is that rare blend in which a probing analytical intelligence is joined to a profound mastery of tone, color and phrasing.” —San Francisco Chronicle, on Goode’s Bach Partitas Nos. 2, 4 and 5

For more than 20 years, Richard Goode has kept the music of Bach an active part of his concert repertory. But it was not until 1999 that he committed any of the composer’s music to recording, with the release of Bach’s Partitas Nos. 2, 4, and 5 on Nonesuch. The results placed him on the cover of Gramophone magazine for the first time in his career and garnered great critical acclaim, including Washington Post writer Philip Kennicott's calling the performances “second to none.”

This second Goode collection of Bach works completes the set of six Partitas with BWV nos. 825, 827, and 830. Together they constitute Bach’s official Opus One, published when he was in his 40s. Bach went on to write 30 such sets of these dance music suites, an exceptionally popular genre at the time, and it could be argued that these are compositionally the most ambitious and richest of them all. Partita No. 6 is regarded, along with the Goldberg Variations and Chromatic Variations, as the peak of his writing for solo harpsichord.


Richard Goode, piano

Produced and engineered by Max Wilcox
Recorded June 19-21, 2002 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC
Recording engineer: Dirk Sobotka, SoundByte Productions, NYC

Design by Doyle Partners
Photographs by Michael Wilson

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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