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Richard Goode, 26 août 2016 11:00, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Goode plays music by Haydn, Janáček, Schumann and Debussy.
One of the greatest US pianists of his generation, Richard Goode has enjoyed a five-decade career as a celebrated soloist, admired as much for his penetrating intellect as for his commanding performances. He also has the uncanny knack of leaving listeners with entirely new insights into the music he’s playing.
For his Festival recital, he combines evocative atmospherics with cheeky humour. Debussy’s second book of Préludes is a catalogue of brilliant musical depictions, from the subtle shades of ‘Canope’ or ‘Brouillards’ to the vivid colours and fiery keyboard sparkle of the concluding ‘Feux d’artifice’. Goode complements it with the strong emotions of Janáček’s deeply introspective In the Mists suite.
Haydn’s C major Sonata Hob. XVI:50, probably the composer’s last, contains some of his most witty, subversive music that defies expectations at every turn, while Schumann’s songful Humoreske is an expansive survey of styles and emotions.