For Glenn Gould (2018)

Bach, Berg, Brahms, Sweelinck, Gibbons

Stewart Goodyear

Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear celebrates Glenn Gould's 1952 Montreal debut performance on this album. Goodyear has always been motivated by Gould's incredible musical legacy and finally has been able to compile a recording that truly shows his gratitude.

"It was the year Glenn Gould died when I first heard his legendary name. It was his Bach that introduced me to his playing. His sound struck me immediately...a sound that was compelling and uncompromising. It was not designed to speak words of mere prettiness, but of an individual truth. 

Was Gould cerebral or emotional? One heard in his interpretations a mind passionately fierce in its convictions. His concert programs were striking. To the concertgoer used to seeing a program of Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt, Gould’s programs of Gibbons, Sweelinck, Bach, Webern, and Berg must have seemed daunting on paper.

I had the great honour of performing that exact program, the same program with which Gould presented his US debut at the 
Phillips Collection, and his debut at the Ladies Morning Music Club in Montreal. Never before had a concert program made so much sense to me. I hope the audience would say the same...I know my spirits were lifted playing this program.

My favorite recording of Glenn Gould is his album of Brahms’ Intermezzi. I felt, through that recording, that I got closer to understanding who Gould was as an artist. In the composers discussed before, I heard Gould the passionate theorist, dancer, and singer. In Brahms, I finally heard Gould, the salon artist, the homebody cozying up in his summer home in Lake Simcoe.

My decision to record Glenn Gould’s program came right after performing it in Montreal. While paying homage to one of the great 
Canadian legends, I was being transported to childhood memories of growing up in Toronto, Gould’s home town, studying at the Royal Conservatory, Gould’s home alma mater, and being an artist from Canada, Gould’s country."

—Stewart Goodyear
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Stewart Goodyear

Proclaimed “a phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times and “one of the best pianists of his generation” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer. Mr. Goodyear has performed with major orchestras of the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bournemouth Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, MDR Symphony Orchestra (Leipzig), Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Goodyear began his training at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, received his bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and completed his master’s at The Juilliard School. Known as an improviser and composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations, and performs his own solo works. This year, Mr. Goodyear premiered his suite for piano and orchestra, “Callaloo”, with Kristjan Jarvi and MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig, and in July of this year, the Clarosa Quartet will premiere his Piano Quartet commissioned by the Kingston Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Goodyear performed all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in one day at Koerner Hall, McCarter Theatre, the Mondavi Center, and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.

Mr. Goodyear’s discography includes Beethoven’s Complete Piano Sonatas (which received a Juno nomination for Best Classical Solo Recording in 2014) and Diabelli Variations for the Marquis Classics label, Tchaikovsky First Piano 

Concerto and Grieg’s Piano Concerto, and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos No. 2 and 3, both recorded with the Czech National Symphony under Stanislav Bogunia and Hans Matthias Forster respectively, and released to critical acclaim on the Steinway and Sons label. His Rachmaninov recording received a Juno nomination for Best Classical Album for Soloist and Large Ensemble Accompaniment. Also for Steinway and Sons is Mr. Goodyear’s recording of his own transcription of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker (Complete Ballet)”, which was released October 2015 and was chosen by the New York Times as one of the best classical music recordings of 2015.

photo: from booklet 'For Glenn Gould'

 

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For Glenn Gould (2018)

Bach, Berg, Brahms, Sweelinck, Gibbons

Stewart Goodyear

Digital Converters: Horus (recording), Hapi (mastering) from Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Daniel Shores
Mastering Room: Mixed and mastered on Legacy Audio speakers
Producer: Dan Merceruio
Recording Engineer: Daniel Shores
Recording location: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia on May 15-17, 2017
Recording Software: Pyramix from Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Pavan & Galliard - Lord Salisbury
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Fantasia in D Major
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3-Part Inventions - No. 7 in E Minor, BWV 793
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3-Part Inventions - No. 8 in F Major, BWV 794
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3-Part Inventions - No. 14 in B-Flat Major, BWV 800
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3-Part Inventions - No. 11 in G Minor, BWV 797
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3-Part Inventions - No. 4 in D Minor, BWV 790
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Keyboard Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - I. Praeambulum
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Keyboard Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - II. Allemande
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Keyboard Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - III. Corrente
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Keyboard Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829 - VII. Gigue
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6 Klavierstucke, Op. 118 - No. 2, Intermezzo in A Major
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3 Intermezzi, Op. 117 - No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor
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Piano Sonata, Op. 1
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria
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