The Chopin group disappointed. Its one thing to play Chopin with tonal allure and pleasing phrasing; its quite another to be emotionally engaged and extend the structure beyond the tune. Goode, especially in the half-dozen Mazurkas he chose (some of Chopins most personal music), seemed only interested in the surface - his opulent tone and sound-bite presentation didnt hold the attention. However favourable initial impressions, particularly the Nocturne, which seized the air with bloom and grace, it soon became obvious that Goode was remaining outside of the musics soul. This is fatal in the Mazurkas and he seemed impatient with the great Barcarolle, here robbed of culmination by allowing bars to rush.
Goodes considerable reputation has been earned by his playing of Beethoven. I first heard him in a wonderful performance of the Fourth Concerto with Kurt Sanderling and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (in London), then in a number of sonata renditions, part of his QEH cycle. Op.110 was this recitals highpoint, at first exploratory, then bursting with power in the scherzo. In the slow movement Goode found an inner-sanctum of expression before fugally transporting both music and listener to the summit. There was no encore.
- Alfredo Perl will give the next Harrods recital in the QEH on Tuesday 16 January. His recital includes Bach, Liszt, Schoenberg and Schuberts last sonata, the B flat (D960)
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