Performance Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | 8 PM

Richard Goode

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Eminent American pianist Richard Goode guides the audience through music by Schumann and Chopin, two unmistakable voices of 19th-century Romanticism. Kinderszenen and Kreisleriana are definitive examples of Schumann’s scintillating and fantastical style, and Chopin’s Ballade No. 3 displays a rhapsodic musical language that Goode plays “with perfect diction and understated elegance” (The Washington Post).


  • Richard Goode, Piano


  • SCHUMANN Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • SCHUMANN Kreisleriana, Op. 16
  • CHOPIN Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 55, No. 2
  • CHOPIN Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39
  • CHOPIN Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 3
  • CHOPIN Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
  • CHOPIN Waltz in F Major, Op. 34, No. 3
  • CHOPIN Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47

  • Encores:
  • CHOPIN Mazurka in C Major, Op. 24, No. 2
  • BEETHOVEN Scherzo from Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3
  • JANÁCEK On the Overgrown Path, Book I


  • Richard Goode

    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 major orchestras, recitals in the world's music capitals, and acclaimed Nonesuch recordings, he has won a large and devoted following.

    Mr. Goode will be touring nationally and internationally during the 2011-2012 season for performances with The MET Orchestra led by Fabio Luisi, the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel, a West Coast tour with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and for 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 Birmingham, Budapest, Genoa, Madrid, and Paris, as well as throughout the UK.

    Mr. 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. In May 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

    A native of New York, Mr. Goode studied with Elvira Szigeti and Claude Frank, with Nadia Reisenberg at Mannes College The New School for Music, and with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music. Among his many prizes are the Young Concert Artists Award, first prize in the Clara Haskil Competition, the Avery Fisher Prize, and a Grammy Award.

    Mr. Goode, an exclusive Nonesuch artist, has made more than two-dozen recordings, including Mozart solo works and concertos with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; the complete Beethoven piano sonatas; the complete partitas of J. S. Bach; and solo and chamber works of Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Busoni, and Perle. He is the first American-born pianist to have recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas; the recording was nominated for a Grammy Award and universally acclaimed. With soprano Dawn Upshaw, he has recorded Goethe Lieder of Schubert, Schumann, and Wolf. The four recordings of Mozart concertos with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra were received with wide critical acclaim; in addition, his recording of the Brahms sonatas with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman won a Grammy Award. Mr. Goode's first, long-awaited Chopin recording was also named Best of the Month by Stereo Review.

    Over the last seasons, Mr. Goode has appeared with many of the world's greatest orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra under James Levine, Bernard Haitink, and Seiji Ozawa; Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach; The Cleveland Orchestra under David Zinman; San Francisco Symphony under Herbert Blomstedt and Alan Gilbert; New York Philharmonic with Sir Colin Davis; Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Peter Oundjian; and 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 violinist Marcia Weinfeld. When the Goodes are not on tour, they and their collection of some 5,000 volumes live in New York City.

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Chopin Barcarolle in F-sharp Major
Richard Goode, Piano

At a Glance

Schumann's Kinderszenen and Kreisleriana were both composed in 1838 at the height of the composer's "keyboard" period in the second half of the 1830s. After a few years devoted to larger forms, Schumann turned to the Romantic miniature in 1837 (the same year he became formally engaged to pianist and composer Clara Wieck), writing sets of short character pieces. There are 13 such small portraits in Kinderszenen, meant to evoke the memories of childhood. The eight pieces in Kreisleriana, inspired by the writings of E. T. A. Hoffmann, cycle between two distinct moods-tempestuous and reflective, as did the composer himself did.

The program of miniature works concludes with a set of short works by Chopin. As with Schumann's compositions, the many varied faces of Chopin are on display, from the demonic C-sharp-Minor Scherzo to the frivolous F-Major Waltz and the warmly lyrical E-flat-Major Nocturne.


Program Notes

The Artist Speaks


Recorded on April 18 at First Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC, Richard Goode explains what the music of Chopin means to him.


From the same recording, Richard Goode dissects Schumann's Kreisleriana.

This performance is part of Solo Piano - Students, and Keyboard Virtuosos II.