Richard Goode

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Richard Goode (born June 1, 1943) is an American classical pianist, especially known for his interpretations of Ludwig van Beethoven and chamber music.

Goode was born in East Bronx, New York. He studied piano with Elvira Szigeti, Claude Frank, Nadia Reisenberg at Mannes College The New School for Music (where he currently is a faculty member), and Rudolf Serkin and Mieczysław Horszowski at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He won numerous prizes, including the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1961, First Prize in the Clara Haskil Competition in 1973 and the Avery Fisher Prize in 1980.

He has made many recordings, including Mozart Concertos with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the music of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Bach. Goode also was the first American-born pianist to record the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas. He regularly appears at the world's leading venues with highly acclaimed orchestras. With Mitsuko Uchida, he is Co-Artistic Director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival. He has premiered works written for him by Carlos Chávez, George Perle, Robert Helps, and others. His chamber-music partners have included Dawn Upshaw, Richard Stoltzman, Alexander Schneider, and many others. Goode is married to violinist Marcia Weinfeld.

A literary portrait of Richard Goode is in David Blum's book, Quintet, Five Journeys toward Musical Fulfillment (Cornell University Press, 1999). It originally appeared as an article in the 29 June 1992 issue of The New Yorker.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 The Op. 31 Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Richard Goode 1
1991 The Complete Sonatas Beethoven; Richard Goode 2
1992 Sonata in A major, D. 959 / Klavierstück, D. 946: Nr. 1 in es-Moll Franz Schubert; Richard Goode 1
1992 Sonata in B-flat, D. 960 / Allegretto in C minor / Impromptu in A-flat Franz Schubert; Richard Goode 1
1999 Partitas nos. 4, 2 and 5 Johann Sebastian Bach; Richard Goode 1
2003 Partitas nos. 1, 3, 6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Richard Goode 1
2005 Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Richard Goode 1
Piano Concertos nos. 9 & 25 Mozart; Richard Goode, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 1
Piano Sonatas Beethoven; Richard Goode 1
Sonatas Beethoven; Richard Goode 1
The Late Sonatas Beethoven; Richard Goode 1

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