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Tchaikovsky, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Stewart Goodyear


Release Date: 06/10/2014 
Label:  Steinway & Sons   Catalog #: 30035  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyEdvard Grieg
Performer:  Stewart Goodyear
Conductor:  Stanislav Bogunia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album marks Stewart Goodyear's debut on Steinway & Sons and is the first orchestral recording released on the label. The Canadian pianist is a notable concert soloist and has performed with New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many. In 2013, Stewart Goodyear gave a series of marathon performances in the US of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas performing the complete cycle in a single, eleven-hour performance at each venue.

R E V I E W S

"Accompanied by the Czech National Symphony, the virtuoso’s unique vision and renowned technique are fully revealed during his exemplary performances of
Read more Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 and Grieg’s Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16. Recorded at CNSO Studio in Praque, Czechoslovakia, under the direction of Maestro Stanislav Bogunia, this wonderous program compels you to listen from the soaring introductory theme of the Tchaikovsky to the lively jumping rhythms and coda of the Grieg. Mr. Goodyear is a sensitive and imaginative interpreter who brings this great music to life on this auspicious and superbly engineered orchestral debut... From the very beginning, Mr. Goodyear and the orchestra unleash Tchaikovsky’s impressive spectrum of colors and nuance to immediately captivate the listener. Throughout each movement, Mr. Goodyear’s electrifying technique and mesmerizing command of this great concerto’s rhapsodic feelings, operatic and balletic gestures proves he is no one hit wonder. The grandeur is there, but so is the simplicity and Mr. Goodyear plays both with beauty and charisma. During the Grieg, Mr. Goodyear is on fire emotionally and technically. He enchants the listener with his expert pianism from the exposition to the coda. From the opening themes to the recapitulation, Mr. Goodyear handles the tempo changes, accompaniments and changes in volume with the finesse of a veteran concert pianist. He plunges into Grieg’s powerful surprises, giving you his best in the development. To conclude, he rips across the keyboard during the third movement leading the orchestra in a dance, before the second theme returns and closes the concerto. It is a brilliant collaboration between pianist and orchestra that will live on because of this exceptional recording." -- Paula Edelstein, AXS

"Listening to these performances by Stewart Goodyear, the word that kept coming to mind was “impressive”. And Goodyear does indeed impress with his bullseye accuracy, rapid fingerwork, and an overriding sense of confidence borne from the mastery of his instrument." -- Victor Carr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Stewart Goodyear (Piano)
Conductor:  Stanislav Bogunia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: July 16-17, 2013 
Venue:  CNSO Studio No. 1, Prague 
Length: 32 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Stewart Goodyear (Piano)
Conductor:  Stanislav Bogunia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Date of Recording: July 16-17, 2013 
Venue:  CNSO Studio No. 1, Prague 
Length: 29 Minutes 08 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 (Tchaikovsky): III. Allegro con fuoco
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 (Grieg): II. Adagio

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: III. Allegro con fuoco
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 This pianist must be heard! July 29, 2014 By Frances Vandervoort See All My Reviews "Stuart Goodyear is one of this generation's finest pianists. This album takes him an important step forward. We need to hear more from him! Frances Vandervoort Chicago" Report Abuse
 Not Great July 28, 2014 By James B. (Toronto, Ontario) See All My Reviews "I really enjoy Stewart Goodyear but have to say this recording was a disappointment. The sound Quality lacked clarity and the Orchestra seemed out of sink with Stewart's playing. There were a few good moments but not enough to recommend this one" Report Abuse
 poor sound quality July 22, 2014 By Marion Legge (Owen Sound , ON) See All My Reviews "very disappointing poor sound quality" Report Abuse
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