In his program of works by Bach, Chopin and Schubert, pianist Richard Goode was at his best while playing Bach’s fifth French Suite.
The piece is composed of mostly light Baroque dance music, which suited Goode’s light touch and clean, crisp playing well. His fingers danced on the keys during the faster passages, and the ornamental trills were sharp and measured.
Much of Bach’s music starts with a theme, which is repeated in the different voices (bass, middle range, treble) and accompanied by filigree runs in surrounding voices. Following the theme as it travels from voice to voice, especially in his fugues, is one of the more gratifying experiences in all of classical music and Goode’s ability to lead the listener through one of Bach’s more difficult fugues was impressive.