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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
The longstanding collaboration between pianist Richard Goode and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, critically acclaimed both in live performance and on CD, continues with this recording of Mozart’s Piano Concertos No. 19 in F Major, K. 459 and No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595. This disc marks their fourth in a series of recordings of Mozart’s piano concertos for the label.
The selections on this recording typify the wealth of inspiration and sheer diversity to be found in the mature Mozart concertos. Widely considered to be among Mozart’s most original in the genre, the Piano Concerto No. 19 (1784) contains elements of opera buffa, Baroque counterpoint, and sheer pianistic virtuosity. The Piano Concerto No. 27 (1791), Mozart’s last piano concerto, though composed when he had only 11 months to live and was already ill, is full of childlike spontaneity, optimism, and humor. It ranks with The Magic Flute as one of his most profound masterpieces.
The Goode/Orpheus Mozart project has received widespread international recognition since the release of their first Grammy-nominated CD in 1997. That disc received Gramophone magazine’s Record of the Month award in April 1997 and was voted Stereo Review’s Record of the Year. The New York Times described Goode’s performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466, on the inaugural disc, as “temperamental and dramatic … a darkly Beethovenian interpretation of one of Mozart’s most Beethovenian works.” Goode’s second recording in this series, which includes Mozart concertos Nos. 25 and 9, was described by David Mermelstein of the New York Times as "fresh, energetic Mozart certain to tickle the fancy of anyone who delights in inspired music-making. Mr. Goode is an esteemed artist, technically adept and intellectually rigorous …On this disk, his efforts are a constant joy.” The third release in the series, a recording of the Mozart concertos Nos. 23 and 24, was described by The New Yorker as “intense performances of profound pieces.”
Richard Goode, piano
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Produced by Max Wilcox
Recorded April 1-3, 1996 at Manhattan Center, New York, NY
Recording Engineers: Max Wilcox and Paul Zinman
Assistant Recording Engineers: His-Ling Chang, Nelson Wong, Matthias Schwab, and Yvonne Law
All compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Design: Carol Bobolts / Red Herring Design
Photographs: John Halpern
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz