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Classical - Released December 6, 2005 | Nonesuch

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Classical - Released November 22, 2005 | Nonesuch

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Classical - Released November 22, 2005 | Nonesuch

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Classical - Released November 22, 2005 | Nonesuch - WBR

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Classical - Released April 21, 2009 | Nonesuch

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To whom shall we compare pianist Richard Goode? Shall we compare him to such prewar German pianists as Artur Schnabel or Edwin Fischer? But surely, while Goode's heart is as warm and his soul as deep, his technique is much better and his playing more controlled. Shall we compare him to such postwar European pianists as Alfred Brendel and Maurizio Pollini? They all share a predilection for clarity of line and lucidity of thought, as well as a common virtuosity of technique. But the American Goode is more impulsive than his European contemporaries, and his playing is full of tempo rubato and other unwritten modifications to the scores. In the most meaningful, personal ways, then, Goode is incomparable. Take this 2009 Nonesuch set of Beethoven's five piano concertos performed with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under the direction of Iván Fischer. With a sparkling tone and a whimsical sense of humor, Goode sails through the elegant First and Second concertos. With a massive tone and a monumental sense of form, Goode commands the dramatic Third and Fourth concertos. And with a luminous tone, a lyrical legato, a breathtaking grasp of long-scale form, Goode turns in a Fifth Concerto rivaling the finest ever recorded. Fischer is a deft accompanist and he molds his Budapest musicians' playing to Goode's performances right down to Goode's impetuous tempo rubato. With digital sound of surpassing radiance and presence, this set deserves to be heard by anyone interested in the repertoire, the performer, or contemporary pianists.
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Classical - Released November 22, 2005 | Nonesuch

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Classical - Released November 22, 2005 | Nonesuch

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Classical - Released December 6, 2005 | Nonesuch

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Classical - Released April 5, 2005 | Nonesuch - WBR

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Classical - Released February 18, 2003 | Nonesuch

Richard Goode is known to be an excellent musical interpreter, and the performance of these Bach partitas is an example of his skill. He balances just the right amount of dynamic shading and freedoms with tempos to make these partitas come alive on the piano, but not sound overly dramatic. Most of the movements are so complex that keeping the musical lines clear and separate provides enough drama. Goode makes it obvious which lines are important and where each is going, even in the third and first partitas, where he uses fewer dynamic colorings. His touch is not too light and not too heavy, giving the sense that his performance would sound well on the harpsichord, although most of the dynamic coloring would be lost. The album starts with the least-known of the partitas, No. 3 in A minor, with its unusual movements (a Sarabande without the usual emphasis on the second beat; a "Burlesca" instead of a minuet; a "Giga" that is really a fugue). He takes a breather with the somewhat technically easier No. 1 in B flat major, then finishes with the tricky -- both technically and musically -- No. 6 in E minor. The sound quality of the recording gives the piano an intimate feel and although the performance is personal, overall it does not sound introverted. The liner notes give an accurate, movement by movement description of Goode's interpretation of Bach's intentions. In short, this is a good (no pun intended) introduction to Bach's partitas for keyboard.
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Classical - Released November 22, 2005 | Nonesuch

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