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Huffington Post: "Goode Stands Alone" Among Interpreters of Beethoven Concertos

  • Wednesday, May 6, 2009
    Huffington Post: "Goode Stands Alone" Among Interpreters of Beethoven Concertos

    Fresh off yesterday's release on Nonesuch of Richard Goode's recording of the complete Beethoven piano concertos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and conductor Iván Fischer, and the pianist's solo performance last night at Carnegie Hall, Goode will join New York public radio, WNYC's Leonard Lopate for today's show. He will be performing selection from Bach and Chopin, the sources of last night's Carnegie Hall program, live in WNYC's new street-level performance space in downtown New York City. To listen online, visit wnyc.org.

    The Huffington Post, cross-posting a review of Goode's new three-CD set from HeadButler.com editor Jesse Kornbluth, exclaims that the release signals "a great day for classical music." Kornbluth explains in his review:

    If you're in the mood to hear five of the greater piano concertos ever written—and if my experience is any guide, it's a very easy mood to slip into—then Richard Goode's your man. Oh, there are other pianists who have climbed this mountain, but of the living practitioners, Goode stands alone. He's given the bulk of his creative life to Beethoven. And it shows.

    Referencing Goode's long history with the works of Beethoven, particularly his highly acclaimed recording of the complete sonatas in 1993 (the first by an American artist), Kornbluth writes, "I can only echo the reviews I've seen—Goode understands Beethoven, has absorbed this work so fully that, when he plays, it almost feels as if he's composing or improvising."

    Even so, the reviewer offers, "As legendary as those recordings are, I prefer Goode's edition of Beethoven's Complete Piano Concertos." After laying out Beethoven's process for creating these masterworks and distilling the resulting pieces to "thought at its greatest possible level of refinement," Kornbluth goes on to assert why Goode, with his rich history with the composer's work, is so adept in his performances of these particular pieces: "The drama of Goode's playing is that he reduces the distance between the listener and the composer. He's not looking for fresh interpretations. He knows what's there."

    Of course, the pianist is not alone in making the concertos come to life, and Kornbluth is sure to note "the excellence of Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra" as well. And on listening to all these players come together on the new recording, he concludes: "It didn't take long for me to feel my spirits rising, my thoughts sharpening, my world shrinking to this admirable music and feeling."

    Read the full review at huffingtonpost.com or headbutler.com.

on May 6, 2009 - 11:01am
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Fresh off yesterday's release on Nonesuch of Richard Goode's recording of the complete Beethoven piano concertos and his performance last night at Carnegie Hall, Goode joins WNYC's Leonard Lopate for a performance on today's show. The Huffington Post exclaims that the album's release signals "a great day for classical music," asserting: "If you're in the mood to hear five of the greater piano concertos ever written ... then Richard Goode's your man. Oh, there are other pianists who have climbed this mountain, but of the living practitioners, Goode stands alone. He's given the bulk of his creative life to Beethoven. And it shows."

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Fresh off yesterday's release on Nonesuch of Richard Goode's recording of the complete Beethoven piano concertos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and conductor Iván Fischer, and the pianist's solo performance last night at Carnegie Hall, Goode will join New York public radio, WNYC's Leonard Lopate for today's show. He will be performing selection from Bach and Chopin, the sources of last night's Carnegie Hall program, live in WNYC's new street-level performance space in downtown New York City. To listen online, visit wnyc.org.

The Huffington Post, cross-posting a review of Goode's new three-CD set from HeadButler.com editor Jesse Kornbluth, exclaims that the release signals "a great day for classical music." Kornbluth explains in his review:

If you're in the mood to hear five of the greater piano concertos ever written—and if my experience is any guide, it's a very easy mood to slip into—then Richard Goode's your man. Oh, there are other pianists who have climbed this mountain, but of the living practitioners, Goode stands alone. He's given the bulk of his creative life to Beethoven. And it shows.

Referencing Goode's long history with the works of Beethoven, particularly his highly acclaimed recording of the complete sonatas in 1993 (the first by an American artist), Kornbluth writes, "I can only echo the reviews I've seen—Goode understands Beethoven, has absorbed this work so fully that, when he plays, it almost feels as if he's composing or improvising."

Even so, the reviewer offers, "As legendary as those recordings are, I prefer Goode's edition of Beethoven's Complete Piano Concertos." After laying out Beethoven's process for creating these masterworks and distilling the resulting pieces to "thought at its greatest possible level of refinement," Kornbluth goes on to assert why Goode, with his rich history with the composer's work, is so adept in his performances of these particular pieces: "The drama of Goode's playing is that he reduces the distance between the listener and the composer. He's not looking for fresh interpretations. He knows what's there."

Of course, the pianist is not alone in making the concertos come to life, and Kornbluth is sure to note "the excellence of Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra" as well. And on listening to all these players come together on the new recording, he concludes: "It didn't take long for me to feel my spirits rising, my thoughts sharpening, my world shrinking to this admirable music and feeling."

Read the full review at huffingtonpost.com or headbutler.com.

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Richard Goode "Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos" [cover]

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