Jan 31 2012 by Alison Anderson, Perthshire Advertiser Tuesday
AMERICAN pianist Richard Goode’s concert in Perth Concert Hall on Friday is the only chance for music lovers to see the world famous performer in Scotland this year, and is the first time he has performed in the country since 2006.
Acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of classical and romantic music, New York-born Goode has played with the very top orchestras and conductors. His 2011/12 season includes recitals at London’s Royal Festival and Wigmore halls, in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, in Madrid and in Budapest.
He won many Scottish fans as artist-in-residence at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2004 and 2006.
Richard is co-artistic director with Perth audience favourite Mitsuko Uchida of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Vermont (USA).
Friday’s Perth Concert Hall programme features spectacular works of romantic music by Chopin and Schumann.
Creative director of classical music for Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, James Waters said: “Richard Goode is well-known to Scottish audiences through his unforgettable performances at the Edinburgh International Festival over many years.
“He is truly one of the great artists of today and it is an honour to welcome him to Perth Concert Hall.”
As the season goes on, the Perth Concert Hall piano and celebrated acoustics continue to attract the cream of international talent.
Steven Osborne returns to the instrument he chose for Perth Concert Hall to perform all of Ravel’s piano music following his hugely acclaimed recordings of the same. The first of the two concert series is on Tuesday, February 28, and the second on Wednesday, June 13.
Paul Lewis makes a welcome return to the Perth Concert Hall stage on March 6 with the fourth performance in his five concert project to play all of Schubert’s mature piano music. The final concert is on Saturday, October 13.
And, Susan Tomes and Erich Höbarth continue their stunning series of Mozart Music for Piano and Violin in Perth Concert Hall on Saturday, February 25, and again on Wednesday, May 2.
Tickets and information for the above concerts and all of Horsecross Arts January to April programme are available from the box office on 01738 621031 or visit www.horsecross.co.uk