Our featured Album of the Week shines the spotlight on the young Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear. Earlier this year, he released a recording of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos, partnering with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales led by Andrew Constantine.
This album follows Goodyear's award-winning collection of the complete piano sonatas by Beethoven. He comments on his early exposure to Beethoven:
“My journey with the Beethoven piano concerti began at age 9 when I first entered a national piano competition in Canada (in which I competed until the age of 12). In the final round, the competitors had to choose a movement from a concerto. Another side of Beethoven was introduced to me as I heard my competitors perform these works: a side of great theatre, great drama, great virtuosity, and most importantly, great merriment. I felt like I was hearing Beethoven the entertainer, the actor, the storyteller, the playwright. So now, I saw three sides of Beethoven: the sonatas were pursuits of inner truth; the symphonies pursuits of the highest qualities in humanity; the piano concerti pursuits of unbridled joy.”
-- Stewart Goodyear