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The highlight of American pianist Richard Goode’s recital Saturday night was definitely Schumann’s Kreisleriana. The yearning, excitement, inner storms and nervosity of Schumann's tortured soul were perceptibly present, and conveyed with utmost persuasiveness.
Into Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantaisie
the pianist injected electrifying energies and powerful emotions, expressed with force and remarkable intensity.
The preceding pieces were a somewhat lengthy warm-up period, however – except for Byrd’s Pavans and Gaillards
where extraordinary transparence was an outstanding feature, although there were also some swallowed notes in the fast runs of the right hand.
of his Partita No. 6
on the other hand, was performed with a breathless velocity that would
have been next to impossible on the harpsichord, for which the piece
was, after all, intended. The elegance of this courtly dance and of the
was substituted by the tempo of a speed contest. The Air
was not singing as it should, due to this obsessive speed.
In Chopin’s Mazurkas
emphasis was placed on admittedly impressive virtuosity. This made it
difficult, however, to detect the folkdance-inspired leisure of these
charming, easygoing pieces.