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- Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Cal Performances 2013–14 Season to Include Kronos Quartet, Joshua Redman, Richard Goode; Jeremy Denk to Curate Ojai North!
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.
- Thursday, January 31, 2013
Carnegie Hall has announced its 2013–14 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 Chris Thile, Bombino, Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, and Richard Goode, as well as performances of works by John Adams, Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, and more.
About this Album
Pianist Richard Goode presents an all-Chopin recital, affording listeners a rare opportunity to hear another side of Goode, who has been widely acknowledged as one of today's leading interpreters of the music of Beethoven and Schubert. The disc includes performances of the Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61, in A-flat Major; the Nocturne, Op. 55, No. 2; the Scherzo, Op. 54 in E Major; the Barcarolle, Op. 60, in F-sharp Major; and five Mazurkas: Op. 7, No. 3 in F Minor; Op. 41, No. 3 in A-flat Major; Op. 17 No. 1 in B-flat Major; Op. 17, No. 2 in E Minor; and Op. 17, No. 4 in A Minor.
In 1995, Goode spent a year-long sabbatical with the music of Chopin, and of the experience says, “I immersed myself in Chopin as I had in Beethoven. It is equivalent to learning a language. It educates you to a different way of playing piano.” The critical response to his concert performances of Chopin had already been well documented: Allan Ulrich (San Francisco Examiner) commented on the "exploratory, spontaneous charge" that Goode brought to the music, while James Oestreich (New York Times) noted Goode's "wonderful perspicacity" in "a torrent of Chopin." John von Rhein (Chicago Tribune) said in a concert review, “Goode rose splendidly to the big heroic pages of Chopin's Polonaise-Fantasie."
With this recording, listeners have the chance to rediscover Chopin in much the same way the artist has. As Goode has remarked, “There’s a quality of ecstasy in Chopin and in late Beethoven. That’s something Beethoven learned to have and that Chopin had from the beginning.”
Richard Goode, piano
Produced and Engineered by Max Wilcox
Recorded Jun 1996 and Jun 1997 at the American Academy of Arts and letters, New York City
Recording Engineer: Nelson Wong, Sound Byte Productions Inc., New York City
Hamburg Steinway and technical services provided by Mary Schwendeman
Design by Merideth Harte for 27.12 design, ltd., New York City
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz