Mr. Goodyear’s Beethoven box set, Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas is available now from both iTunes and Marquis Classics.
‘BEETHOVEN: THE MIDDLE SONATAS’ and ‘BEETHOVEN: THE COMPLETE PIANO SONATAS’
Available now! Two new releases from Stewart Goodyear. Both from Amazon.com, Beethoven: The Middle Sonatas and a box set Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas.
Beethoven: The Middle Sonatas
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
MORE ON ‘BEETHOVEN THE LATE SONATAS’!
Simultaneous with confirmed release date of 14 February 2012 for Beethoven: The Middle Sonatas, Goodyear’s second CD of Beethoven’s sonatas, Gramophone Awards has provided a resounding review of the first CD in the series: Beethoven: The Late Sonatas.
A new composition by Mr. Goodyear, Count Up is a fanfare commissioned to celebrate Paavo Jarvi’s tenth and final season with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and also the fiftieth anniversary of WGUC, Cincinnati’s premier classical radio station.
Count Up, Stewart Goodyear – Performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven: The Late Sonatas – NEW!
“From this music, I recognized early on that the human spirit and condition is vast and complex, yet clear, direct, and indestructible. As I reached adulthood, my understanding of this music grew deeper and more intense.
Life has given me very personal interpretations of these works, and I humbly share them with the listener.”
Sonata 28 in A major, Op. 101
1I Allegretto, ma non troppo
2II Vivace all marcia
3III Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto
Sonata 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier)
6II Scherzo: Assai vivace
7III Adagio sostenuto
8IV Introduzione – Fuga: Allegro risoluto
Total playing time: 57:11
Sonata 30 in E major, Op. 109
1I Vivace, ma non troppo
3III Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung
Sonata 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
4I Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
5II Allegro molto
6III Adagio ma non troppo
Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo
L’Istesso tempo di arioso
L’Istesso tempo della Fuga
Sonata 32 in C minor, Op. 111
7I Maestoso: Allegro con brio ed appassionato
8II Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
Total playing time: 62:24
Catalog MAR 507
Beethoven Album Cover
Listen to Stewart Goodyear talk about this CD, performing all 32 sonatas in 5 days at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and discussing the correct tempo for the Hammerklavier. Interview with Alexa Petrenko on Classical 96 on 29 September 2010. Approximately 8 minutes
“Stewart Goodyear has been amassing quite a bit of attention lately, and deservedly so, judging from these vital, communicative, and intelligently stylish late-Beethoven performances. Swift tempos, forward sweep, linear clarity, imaginative yet never mannered inflections, and genuine joy in executing the composer’s volatile dynamic markings all characterize Goodyear’s interpretations.
In addition, a genuine and sincere spirit informs Goodyear’s poetic booklet notes.
An outstanding release, highly recommended.”
Jed Distler ClassicsToday
“…Stewart Goodyear, with Beethoven’s last five sonatas, leaps the summit of the piano repertoire with complete success. Performances have a thrilling energy, mania for details, and brim with interpretive ideas that seem to leap out of the speakers in three dimensions. Is he in the rarefied league of Maurizio Pollini? Maybe. Time will tell.”
David Patrick Stearns Philadelphia Inquirer
“Goodyear’s performance of this most difficult of all of Beethoven’s piano works (The Hammerklavier) is spectacular. He builds up tremendous momentum in the opening movement and finale, and there’s an X factor here that convinces you Beethoven would have wanted the effect of technical mastery of very thorny material that emerges here.”
James Manheim AllMusic