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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 18 & 20

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  • Brad Mehldau’s Variations on a Melancholy Theme is due June 11, 2021, on Nonesuch. The recording features the pianist/composer and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which commissioned this orchestral version of the work—a theme and eleven variations plus a cadenza and postlude. The album also includes an encore, “Variations ‘X’ and ‘Y.'" "I imagine it as if Brahms woke up one day and had the blues," Mehldau says of the piece, which combines the classical form with jazz harmonies. "While the theme evokes melancholy, I let it be used as a springboard for other happy, wild, violent, and reckless emotions as the variations progress." You can watch a video with excerpts from the piece here.

  • Richard Goode's Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas, first released on Nonesuch in 1993 and nominated for a Grammy Award, is available once again on CD, now at a new, lower price. The box set includes ten individual CD sleeves and a forty-page booklet with the original liner note by the late musicologist Michael Steinberg. "An outstanding set," exclaims the New York Times. "It is hard to think of any other artist at once technically, temperamentally and intellectually as suited to the challenges of these sonatas." The Guardian calls it "superb." Gramophone says it's "one of the finest interpretations ever put on record."

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    Pianist Richard Goode and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, whose first performance at Carnegie Hall in 1980 was hailed as “an extraordinary musical experience” by the New York Times, came together for this first recording in a series of Mozart concertos to be released on Nonesuch. The recording, featuring the great Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466, paired with the Concerto No. 18 in B-flat Major, K. 456, received Gramophone magazine’s Record of the Month award in April 1997, was voted Stereo Review’s Record of the Year, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. The New York Times described Goode’s performance of Concerto No. 20 on this disc as “temperamental and dramatic … a darkly Beethovenian interpretation of one of Mozart’s most Beethovenian works.”

    The Goode/Orpheus Mozart project has continued to receive widespread international recognition since the inaugural release. The 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.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Richard Goode, piano
    Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Max Wilcox
    Recorded June 1996 at the Manhattan Center, New York City
    Engineered by Max Wilcox and Paul Zinman

    Design by Colleen Meade
    Photographs by John Halpern

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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This first recording in a series of Goode/Orpheus Mozart concertos on Nonesuch was voted Stereo Review’s Record of the Year and nominated for a Grammy. The New York Times described Goode’s performance of Concerto No. 20 as “temperamental and dramatic … a darkly Beethovenian interpretation of one of Mozart’s most Beethovenian works.”

Description: 

Pianist Richard Goode and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, whose first performance at Carnegie Hall in 1980 was hailed as “an extraordinary musical experience” by the New York Times, came together for this first recording in a series of Mozart concertos to be released on Nonesuch. The recording, featuring the great Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466, paired with the Concerto No. 18 in B-flat Major, K. 456, received Gramophone magazine’s Record of the Month award in April 1997, was voted Stereo Review’s Record of the Year, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. The New York Times described Goode’s performance of Concerto No. 20 on this disc as “temperamental and dramatic … a darkly Beethovenian interpretation of one of Mozart’s most Beethovenian works.”

The Goode/Orpheus Mozart project has continued to receive widespread international recognition since the inaugural release. The 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.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Max Wilcox
Recorded June 1996 at the Manhattan Center, New York City
Engineered by Max Wilcox and Paul Zinman

Design by Colleen Meade
Photographs by John Halpern

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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79439

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Tuesday, October 1, 1996 - 04:00
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CD+MP3
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MP3
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603497128365
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9.00
Artist Name: 
Richard Goode
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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MUSICIANS
Richard Goode, piano
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

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