May 8, 1993 |
In the beginning years of Richard Goode's career, the pianist shunned competitions, choosing instead to devote himself to intense study and chamber music performance. In a recent New Yorker article, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, a frequent chamber music partner of Goode's, said Goode's musical route gave him "the depth and breadth of intensive meditation on music which only an enormous amount of time has made possible. " Depth and breadth, along with commanding confidence, characterize the recital Goode offered Wednesday at the Port of History Museum.
March 28, 2009 |
What could Bach and Chopin possibly have to say to each other? Not much, it turns out. But the fact the two aren't on speaking terms didn't diminish the effect of Richard Goode's Thursday night recital at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. Goode is a frequent visitor to the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and this time he toggled back and forth between dance forms made inestimably more sophisticated by the two composers, who were separated by only a century. Even if it's being a little too blunt, it's fair to say that Goode argued for considerably less extreme expressive liberties in Chopin than most other pianists do. And in Bach, if Goode's rubato was neither thickly applied nor understated, his choice of moments to apply that rubato was wise and satisfying.
May 15, 1986 |
Richard Goode has been busy lately playing Beethoven piano sonatas. He is currently in the midst of recording all 32 for Book-of-the-Month Club records, the first volume of which has come out already. Last night, as part of the Mozart on the Square Festival, he performed four of the sonatas at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel. It was among the most memorable piano recitals in recent months. Goode has always been one of those underappreciated artists whose reputation among fellow musicians has seemed to be greater than his recognition among the public at large.
December 12, 1991 |
American pianist Richard Goode has risen to the summit of his craft, utilizing a probing spirit and outstanding technical gifts without a trace of show-biz flamboyance. He's perhaps most famous for his concert traversals of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas, the supreme challenge for a pianist, recorded almost completely on joint issues by Book-of-the-Month Club and Elektra/ Nonesuch Records. Goode's Sunday program at the Port of History Museum will include works from the heart of his repertory: his favorite sonata of Mozart (K.533)
October 12, 1987 |
It was no surprise to see former heavyweight boxing champion Smokin' Joe Frazier grab a microphone and slide into a soulful rendition of "Proud Mary" at a post-debate party for Frank L. Rizzo's supporters. After all, when Frazier retired from the ring in the late 1970s, he launched a nightclub act that featured his singing talents, such as they are. But Smokin' Joe was nearly upstaged by someone who horned in on the mike in midsong: that renowned crooner, Joe Rocks, whose day jobs are Pennsylvania state senator and key Rizzo campaign aide.
January 20, 1996 |
Make no mistake: Richard Goode is a first-rate pianist whose ability to get beneath the printed note is rare, and his talents have only deepened with time. Goode, in recital Thursday night in a single performance at the Haverford School's Centennial Hall, brought eloquence to Bach, polish to Mozart and a genteel, understated passion to Brahms and Chopin. You can take exception to some of Goode's interpretative decisions; it's easy, for instance, to call to mind pianists who think of Chopin's Nocturne in E flat major (Op. 55, No. 2)
November 9, 1993 |
The Main Line cornered the market on extraordinary piano playing over the weekend when Richard Goode played at the Haverford School's Centennial Hall - and, then, over in Roberts Hall at Haverford College, Russian pianist Tatyana Nikolaeva made a much-belated debut appearance. Goode played Beethoven sonatas Sunday afternoon; the night before, Nikolaeva interpreted preludes and fugues by J.S. Bach and Shostakovich. With programs like that, how could a piano aficionado go wrong? Nor can you ever go astray listening to an artist of Goode's caliber.
August 27, 1987 |
The bright television lights were still trained on the open manhole, where city workers in the sewer had just found the body of 2-year-old Nolan Robertson Deal, missing since he fell into another manhole on Sunday. Carl Shaw, a Water Department worker, had searched for the Deal child since Sunday and was in the sewer moments before the body was found. After the discovery, he stepped out of the TV lights into the darkness of Fairmount Park and began to walk away. "You can't bring life back, but I'm overcome," Shaw said as he walked down Forbidden Drive, a gravel footpath along the Wissahickon Creek.
May 3, 2016 |
The current season of Opera Philadelphia's high ambition came, if not to a rest, then at least to a relative slowing Friday night with the opening of a Santa Fe Opera/Stephen Lawless production of L'elisir d'amore . This is the company's fourth iteration of the work since 1982, and though Donizetti's score can grow dull, there are still good reasons to believe that there is magic to be had between the notes. The current iteration at the Academy of Music has at least two such reasons.