Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth, and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. In regular performances with major orchestras, recitals in the world’s music capitals, and through his extensive Nonesuch recordings, he has won a devoted following. Mr. Goode's repertoire is anchored in the middle-European classics, and he has made a specialty of the long-neglected piano sonatas of Franz Schubert. His early '80s recordings of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven, for Book-of-the-Month Records and Elektra/Nonesuch, brought his insightful artistry to a wider public. Possessed of a restless intellect, he has developed passions for literature (Moby Dick and Finnegan's Wake rank high on his list) and has explored visual art extensively as well, noting that these extracurricular pursuits enhance his musical ones.