MIDDLEBURY, Vt.-Pianist Richard Goode, who has won worldwide acclaim for his interpretations of the classical masters, will visit Middlebury College for a solo recital at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the Concert Hall at the Center for the Arts. Goode is co-artistic director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Marlboro. The New York native is a prolific recording artist and soloist whose passion for the great works of Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart and others have made him a prominent force in classical music today.
Goode’s program at Middlebury will include the Haydn Sonata in C Major, Hob. 50; Mozart Rondo in a minor, K. 511; Beethoven No. 27 in e minor, Op. 90; Beethoven No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a “Lebewohl;” and Debussy Preludes Book One.
“The buzz from America is right. There is no Beethoven pianist today like Richard Goode,” wrote a critic for The Arts Guardian of London. The Boston Globe called him “among the best Mozart players of his generation” and the San Francisco Chronicle declared Goode “a great Schubert performer.”
Goode has won many awards, including the Avery Fischer Prize, a Grammy Award, and the George Peabody Medal for outstanding contributions to music in America. He is the first American-born artist to have recorded all of the Beethoven Sonatas-recordings which were nominated for a Grammy. His recordings of Mozart piano concertos as well as works of Chopin, Brahms, Schubert and Schumann were embraced by the music world. Goode records primarily on the Nonesuch label.
In addition to spending time in the recording studio, Goode manages a busy touring schedule, appearing onstage both as a solo recitalist and alongside prominent orchestras around the world, such as the BBC Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. In the United States, his tours have included dates with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and symphonies in Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. He appears regularly for recitals in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Vienna and the major concert halls of Germany, Italy, Canada and the U.S.
Regardless of which works Goode performs, he is known for embracing them with power and authenticity that some critics compare to practically channeling the composer’s intentions. “The music flowed through him with such mellow insights, deep emotional involvement and self-effacing pianism that you felt as though you were confronting the composers’ thought processes directly rather than through an interpreter,” wrote a Chicago Tribune critic.
“It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Mr. Goode’s recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtlety or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself,” declared a New York Times reviewer.
The concert is sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. The Center for the Arts is on South Main Street (Route 30). Reserved seating tickets for the performance are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors. A pre-performance dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts. Reservations are required. For tickets, dinner reservations, or more information, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at 802-443-6433 or www.middlebury.edu/arts.
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