Much-in-demand recitalist Goode offers the first of two discs devoted to Bach's six partitas. The pianist's performance, says the San Francisco Chronicle, "is that rare blend in which a probing analytical intelligence is joined to a profound mastery of tone, color and phrasing."
For over 20 years, Richard Goode has kept the music of Bach an active part of his concert repertory. Here he brings the music to recording for the first time in his career, in an album featuring three of the composer’s partitas.
Goode, the first American to record all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, spent a long sabbatical in 1995 immersed in Bach and Chopin. (His Chopin recital disc was released in October 1997). Only after this did he feel ready to enter the studio. In performance, his approach to the C-minor partita has been called “a small miracle of sensitivity, expression and nuance” by the Los Angeles Times, and to the G Major, “utterly appropriate to a work that conveys sheer joy in virtuosity.” (New York Times) Published by Bach as a set of six in 1731 and collectively assigned the opus number 1, the partitas were conceived as a suite of dances—one of the most popular genres of instrumental music at the time. Forkel, Bach’s first biographer, wrote in 1802 that these works “made a great noise in the music world ... Keyboard compositions of such excellence ... anyone who learned to perform some of their movements well could make his fortune in the world.”
Produced and engineered by Max Wilcox
1-7 recorded March 26, 1997 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters
8-20 recorded June 24-25, 1998 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters
Engineers: Dirk Sobotka, Nelson Wong, Soundbyte Productions, New York City
Design by 27.12 design ltd., NYC
Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz
Richard Goode, piano