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Initial post: 18 Jun 2014, 19:02:00 BST
enthusiast says:
I wonder how well others think of pianist, Richard Goode?

I had always thought of him as a very sound and steady pianist, reliable but perhaps not inspired. But I spent some time a couple of weeks ago listening to multiple performances of several Mozart piano concertos. I have had Goode's recordings of six of these (with the Orpheus CO) for quite some time and have always enjoyed them. But when I came to compare with some other favourites - Pires with Abbado, Andsnes, Perahia and others - I was surprised to find just how good I found the Goodes. No showiness at all but for me he went unerringly and compellingly to the heart of the pieces.

Do others rate him that highly?

Posted on 18 Jun 2014, 20:10:35 BST
Not uniformly (I haven't always taken to his Beethoven for example) but those Mozart concerto recordings are special. I particularly like no.20, where he substitutes a cadenza of his own for Beethoven's in the last movt.and I actually prefer his!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2014, 07:43:14 BST
enthusiast says:
I know his Beethoven much less well, Harry, but had been thinking of exploring it. What is it you don't like about it? As well as his Mozart I have enjoyed his recording of the Bach Partitas - performances that seem to have similar qualities to those Mozart discs.

Posted on 20 Jun 2014, 10:04:16 BST
Well, just to say I haven't invariably had a problem with it - some of it I've enjoyed. However, in places it's seemed to me to be a little unsure of the direction it wanted to take. Bluff, no-nonsense playing can sometimes be juxtaposed with momentary reveries in a way which didn't come across to me as fully integrated. You may well find it bothers you less than it bothered me (and, as I've said, it didn't always do so anyway).
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