Richard Goode in London at Royal Festival Hall
Richard Goode just performed a wildly successful recital in his return to London’s Royal Festival Hall. But don’t just take our word for it – see below for three rave reviews from critics at The American, The Arts Desk, and The Classical Source:
(Reviewed by Richard Lehman, The American)
“American pianist Richard Goode provided a wonderful example of America giving back to Europe what Europe once gave to America: a living tradition of selfless musicianship.
… Goode’s playing here was truly beautiful: often powerful but never harsh, personal but never mannered…
… This performance was just about as good as a mortal can get
(Reviewed by Jessica Duchen, The Arts Desk)
“With Goode, a recital is all about the music… The magic is in the tone itself.
… Goode’s Bach flows beautifully, with tempi that never rush… (he) makes sure that each dance has its own character, with contrasts and dynamics that are never too little and never too much.
… The pianist’s masterful sense of ebb and flow created the impression of a free-flowing improvisation in which each thought grew out of the last in spontaneous manner, again without exaggeration and deliciously free of artifice; he pointed up the gleaming harmonic side shifts of the nocturnal central section as if creating them from thin air. Again, his tone is key to the poetic concept, always clear and eloquent, yet feeling soft and cushioned even at its most fulsome in the triumphant final pages. Goode, thank goodness, is not a pianist who sends you home with your ears ringing.”
(Reviewed by Colin Anderson, The Classical Source)
“The always-welcome Richard Goode returned to London for a seriously stimulating recital of connections– Chopin’s reverence for J. S. Bach, Beethoven anticipating Chopin (the slow movement of the ‘Pathetique’ Sonata, for example) and dance-rhythms galore.”