Grammy-winning pianist to perform classic Beethoven arrangements

By: Mike Koury | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published January 27, 2016

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BEVERLY HILLS — Grammy-winning pianist Richard Goode will perform some of the last music ever composed by Ludwig von Beethoven at a special concert in Beverly Hills.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W. 13 Mile Road.

Sonata in E major, Op. 109; Sonata in A-flat major, Op. 110; Bagatelles, Op. 119, Nos. 6-11; and Sonata in C minor, Op. 111, were composed from 1820 to 1822, a time after Beethoven already had been rendered completely deaf.

Chamber Music Society of Detroit President Steve Wogaman said people attending will have a chance to do something Beethoven himself was never able to do: hear these compositions performed live.

“It’s Beethoven at his very most personal,” he said. “He was very careful and very intentional in his music making. What’s amazing about this music is Beethoven actually never heard any of it. It was completely conceptualized and completely written in his head.

“For a listener to take in all three of those sonatas in succession, it’s a bucket-list experience for a classical music lover. You can hear one of them at a time, but hearing the three of them in succession is just an amazing experience.”

This will be the seventh time that Goode has performed for the CMS and the first since 2012. He was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize and the 1983 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

When Wogaman decided this was a concert he wanted to put on, the first person he thought of and wanted to perform the music was Goode, as he knew performing these sonatas in succession is a difficult task.

“It takes a musical intellect to be able to do that, and Richard Goode may be the foremost musical intellect sitting at a piano today.”

CMS of Detroit Vice President Willa Walker said there are very few performers around today who can perform Beethoven the way Goode does.

“If you love Beethoven or if you want to hear more Beethoven, you couldn’t do better than (Goode),” she said.

Tickets cost $32-$64 for adults and $16-$32 for students. Tickets can be purchesed by calling (248) 855-6070 or by visiting CMSDetroit.org.

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