In March I fly from Germany over to America for three projects.
Firstly I was invited by Marin Alsop to spend a few days taking over her conducting class at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. I am very excited to be teaching conducting students at this level along with the college symphony orchestra, working on Beethoven symphony 4, piano concerto 5 and the Mozart Jupiter symphony. Marin is a wonderful and inspiring conducter and educator and so I imagine that her pupils will be equally stimulating and engaged.
I then move on to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra itself. My program will be Stravinsky Dunbarton Oaks, Beethoven Emperor concerto with Jan Lisiecki, the Polish/Canadian pianist, and a seond half of Gorecki Three pieces in old style and Beethoven’s 4th symphony.
Here is part of the review in the Washington Post under the title - ….Conductor Paul Goodwin shines :
Goodwin, also making his BSO debut, comes from the world of historically informed performance. It is perhaps a sign of just how thoroughly some elements of period practice have been incorporated into modern orchestras that Goodwin’s taut, bracing reading of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony sounded almost conventional. Enforcing lean textures, brisk tempos and restrained vibrato, the British maestro led a meticulously shaped performance whose joyous energy was the evening’s highlight.
After finishing the concerts in Baltimore I will take the oportunity to fly to San francisco and then drive those 3 hours along the beautiful coast to Carmel. There I will be doing interviews, a photo shoot, meetings, donor events and generally catching up with the wonderful staff we have at the Carmel Bach Festival.
I am very excited about the Festival this year because after 6 years at the helm I feel we are at last achieveing the sort of varied and stimulating programs I have always strived for. I include on a seperate page, for those interested, my opening address for the ticket brochure that sumarises many of the events that excite me in this year’s Festival.
After Carmel I am home for a few days before heading back to Germany and another of my favourite Radio Orchestras, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonic, based in Saabrucken and Kaiserslautern. I have worked with the smaller Kaiserslautern Rundfunk orchestra for many years, making several recordings, and look forward once again to their musicianship and infectious good humour!
The programs will have two of the wild CPE Bach keyboard concertos, played by Michael Rische, a JS Bach Overture, the Telemann Water Music once more and one of Haydn’s most eccentric symphonies, number 90 in C.
The local papers commented :
Haydn's tasty treat at the Studiokonzert Saarbrücker ... Conductor Paul Goodwin filled the role of a great animator with courage and fiery gesture! (Saarbrücker Zeitung)
There followed a meticulous realization with great esprit ! ( Die Rheinpfalz)