On this solo set, celebrated pianist Goode performs Mozart sonatas and seldom-heard short works. ”Hearing him play,” says Salon, “you feel in the presence of someone who is exploring the deepest, most secret and subtle elements of music.”
“By giving the impression of being so strongly under music’s spell, [Goode] traps you, too. It’s so strong a sensation, and so exhilarating, that, as when finishing a ski run or a roller-coaster ride, you want it all over again no matter how dizzying or frightening the experience.” —Los Angeles Times
Pianist Richard Goode’s newest album of solo performances, Mozart, was released in April 2005. The collection of Mozart sonatas and seldom-heard short works was recorded in New York City during 2003 and 2004. Included on the record are the Sonata in A minor, K. 310; March in C Major, K. 408; Courante in E-flat Major, K. 399; Gigue in G Major, K. 574; Rondo in A minor, K. 511; and Sonata in F Major, K. 533/494.
Goode returns to his two-decade-long exploration of Mozart’s works after releasing the second of two critically acclaimed Bach partitas CDs in 2003. The record was selected as Record of the Month by Gramophone magazine, and The Observer said, “Goode shows complete mastery of these fiendishly difficult pieces.”
Over the course of two-dozen recordings, Goode has devoted albums to works by Chopin, Brahms, and Schubert and has become renowned as an interpreter of Beethoven, receiving a Grammy nomination for his 1993 recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas—the first by an American pianist. His five discs of Mozart piano concerti—recorded in collaboration with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra—were not only hailed by critics but have proven to be among the most commercially successful Mozart recordings by any contemporary artist.
As a performer, Goode maintains a vigorous touring schedule. Of his live performance, the Financial Times has remarked, “His technique is so perfectly honed that we never notice it; it serves simply to render Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Debussy limpid and luminous.”
Produced and engineered by Max Wilcox
Recorded June 19-21, 2003, and March 9, 2004, at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City
Recording Engineers: Nelson Wong and David Zinman, SoundByte Productions, Inc., New York City
Design by Evan Gaffney Design
Photography by Michael Wilson
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz
Richard Goode, piano