|Richard Goode has been hailed
for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth, and
expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s
leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. In regular
performances with the major orchestras, recitals in the world’s music
capitals, and acclaimed Nonesuch recordings, he has won a large and
devoted following. In an extensive profile in The New Yorker, David
Blum wrote: “What one remembers most from Goode’s playing is not its
beauty—exceptional as it is—but his way of coming to grips with the
composer’s central thought, so that a work tends to make sense beyond
one’s previous perception of it ... The spontaneous formulating process
of the creator [becomes] tangible in the concert hall.” According
to the New York Times, “It is virtually impossible to walk away from
one of Mr. Goode’s recitals without the sense of having gained some new
insight, subtly or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism
His first recording of the five Beethoven Concertos with Ivan Fisher and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, released in 2009 by Nonesuch Records, was nominated for a Gramophone magazine “Concerto of the Year” award joining his historic recording of the complete Beethoven Sonatas and equally acclaimed recent recordings of Mozart and Bach. In reviewing the Beethoven concertos recordings, the Times of London wrote: “Goode’s special gift has always been his selfless artistry: his penetrating intellect, warm heart and nimble fingers are entirely placed at the composer’s service.” The Financial Times called the set “a landmark recording of the Beethoven concertos," adding that "Goode makes the familiar sound unexpectedly fresh.”
Richard Goode will be touring nationally and internationally during the 2011–2012 season, including performances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra led by James Levine, performing the Mozart Concerto No. 25, K503; the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel, performing the Mozart Concerto No. 20, K 466; a West Coast tour with the Boston Symphony; and recitals at Carnegie Hall, as well as in Chicago, Philadelphia, Berkeley, Kansas City, Baltimore, Detroit, and at universities around the country. In Europe, Mr. Goode will be performing in major series in cities including Birmingham, Budapest, Genoa, Madrid, and Paris, as well as touring through the UK, including performances at London's Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall.
In recent seasons Mr. Goode curated a multi-event residency as one of South Bank Centre’s Artist-in-Residence including collaborative performances with pianist Jonathan Biss. This followed his "engrossing" (New York Times) eight-event Carnegie Hall Perspectives. This celebration of Mr. Goode’s artistry also included master classes at the City’s three leading conservatories—Juilliard, Manhattan, and Mannes—and two illustrated talks on his Perspectives repertoire at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Richard Goode was honored for his contributions to music with the first ever Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance, which culminated in a two-season residency at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and in May 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
A native of New York, Richard Goode studied with Elvira Szigeti and Claude Frank, with Nadia Reisenberg at the Mannes College of Music, and with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute. He has won many prizes, including the Young Concert Artists Award, First Prize in the Clara Haskil Competition, the Avery Fisher Prize, and a Grammy Award. His remarkable interpretations of Beethoven came to national attention when he played all five concerti with the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman, and when he performed the complete cycle of sonatas at New York’s 92nd Street Y and Kansas City’s Folly Theater.
In addition to his most recent release, Richard Goode, an exclusive Nonesuch artist, has made more than two-dozen recordings, including Mozart solo works as well as Concerti with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, the complete Partitas by J.S. Bach, and solo and chamber works of Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Busoni, and George Perle. Goode is the first American-born pianist to have recorded the complete Beethoven Sonatas, which were nominated for a Grammy Award and universally acclaimed.
With soprano Dawn Upshaw, he has recorded Goethe Lieder of Schubert, Schumann, and Hugo Wolf for Nonesuch. The four recordings of Mozart Concerti with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra were received with wide critical acclaim, including many “Best of the Year” nominations and awards and his recording of the Brahms sonatas with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman won a Grammy Award. Mr. Goode’s first, long-awaited Chopin recording was also chosen Best of the Month by Stereo Review and described as “absolutely magical ... glorious playing.”
Over the last seasons, Richard Goode has appeared with many of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Levine, Haitink, and Ozawa; the Chicago Symphony under Eschenbach; the Cleveland Orchestra under Zinman; the San Francisco Symphony under Blomstedt and Alan Gilbert; the New York Philharmonic with Sir Colin Davis; the Toronto Symphony with Peter Oundjian; and the St. Louis Symphony under David Robertson. He has also appeared with the Orchestre de Paris, made his Musikverein debut with the Vienna Symphony and has been heard throughout Germany in sold-out concerts with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields under Sir Neville Marriner.
Mr. Goode serves with Mitsuko Uchida as co-Artistic Director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Marlboro, Vermont. He is married to the violinist Marcia Weinfeld, and, when the Goodes are not on tour, they and their collection of some 5,000 volumes live in New York City.
-- From the Nonesuch website
This interview was recorded at his hotel in
Evanston, IL on February 19, 1990. Sections were
used (along with
recordings) on WNIB two months later, and again in 1993 and 1998.
It was transcribed
and posted on this
website in 2012.
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