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Richard Goode

  • Wisconsin Union Theater 800 Langdon Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Concert pianist Richard Goode was the first American musician to record the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, and performs here behind a discography spanning more than 30 years. Goode's recordings, mostly released on Nonesuch, highlight his interpretations of classical and Romantic-era composers, namely Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven. For this program, he will perform Beethoven's Sonata No. 28 In A Major—a particularly playful work from Beethoven's more personal, introspective late period. This pairs interestingly with the Second Viennese School member Alban Berg's Piano Sonata (1910), an early work from the composer, and a demanding and emotionally disorienting piece for the listener. Goode will also perform selections of J.S. Bach's second book of the monumental Well-Tempered Clavier, as well as a Chopin Mazurka and Nocturne. Chopin Mazurkas, essentially interpretations of traditional Polish dances, are repetitive in nature, and appropriately bookend the program behind the inventive, contrapuntal nature of Bach's Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier. Chopin Nocturnes pair nicely with the sweeter qualities of the impending winter—perfect music for the dropping of leaves or the first snowfall. —Emili Earhart

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Slowdive, Cherry Glazerr
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Half-Stack Fall Showcase