Richard Goode (piano) @ Great Music in Irish Houses 2019

Richard Goode (piano) @ Great Music in Irish Houses 2019

Tuesday, 11 June 2019, 7.00pm

“There are few people who can put across the sheer joy of playing the instrument better than American pianist Richard Goode. To watch him play is to look through a window on to a very private world - utterly absorbed in the music, he plays as if nobody else is there, even humming along. His face is never still; he seems literally to be attempting conversation with the piano.” (The Guardian)

The iconic pianist Richard Goode returns to the Festival following his sensational Irish début in 2014, lauded as a 2014 Cultural Highlight in The Irish Times.  At 74, Goode is the Statesman of American piano playing and over four decades, his reputation as a pianist’s pianist has grown into a general consensus that here is one of the modern greats.   In his 2019 Festival appearance, audiences can look forward to hearing this great master of piano performance perform works by Haydn, Mozart, Debussy, Chopin and Beethoven, the composer with whom he’s inescapably identified. It was Goode’s recordings of the Beethoven sonatas in the early 1990s, the first complete survey on disc by a US-born pianist, that created his international reputation, and his recitals still return regularly to the composer’s extraordinary output for piano.  A rare opportunity for Irish audiences to hear this Grammy award-winning artist, whose interpretations have been described by The New York Times as having “both integrity and immediacy”.

Haydn:  Sonata in A major, Hob XVI: 26, L41
Haydn:  Sonata in D major, Hob XVI: 24, L39
Mozart:  Rondo in A minor, K511
Beethoven:  Sonata in A major, op 101
Debussy:  Images, Book 2
Debussy:  La soirée dans Grenade from Estampes
Chopin:  Four Mazurkas 
Chopin:  Fantaisie in F minor, op 49

The Great Music in Irish House Festival takes place from 11 to 16 June in various venues around Dublin and Wicklow.

This year, Ireland’s oldest chamber music festival features Richard Goode, the Pavel Haas Quartet, Marc Coppey and Finghin Collins, Ailish Tynan, the Van Kuijk Quartet, Chamber Choir Ireland conducted by Paul Hillier, the Colin Currie Quartet, and a special John O’Conor Celebration featuring the pianist and former and current students.  

Venues include the Royal Irish Academy, Kilruddery House, National Botanic Gardens, Belvedere House, St Ann’s, Farmleigh House and Dublin Castle.

For full details, download the brochure below or visit

Listen to a festival playlist below also.



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