"Listening to the music of Beethoven is one of my only remaining memories of childhood. Although I could not articulate all of the emotions I felt listening to this music, they hit me with such a force that I was completely transfixed. From this music, I recognized early on that the human spirit and condition is vast and complex, yet clear, direct, and indestructible. As I reached adulthood, my understanding of this music grew deeper and more intense.
Recording Beethoven’s monumental final piano sonatas was not a choice for me; I was compelled. Since I first learned them when I was 16, these sonatas will not leave me alone. Life has given me very personal interpretations of these works, and I humbly share them with the listener. "
- Stewart Goodyear
"With Beethoven’s last five sonatas, Stewart Goodyear leaps the summit of the piano repertoire with complete success. Performances have a thrilling energy, mania for details, and brim with interpretive ideas that seem to leap our of the speakers in three dimensions. Is he in the rarefied league of Maurizio Pollini? Maybe. Time will tell."
David Patrick Stearns - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Riveting playing that draws favourable comparisons with Arrau and Pollini... this is a riveting release on every level."
Jed Distler - Gramophone Magazine - Awards Issue - 2011
"...While the competition is huge in numbers and has many outstanding pianists who have staked out their claim to these last five Beethoven Sonatas, there is always room at the top for one more. Goodyear belongs to that group by virtue of his outstanding musicianship, sterling techincal abilities, and intellect in placing his own valid and unique stamp on each of these pieces."
Alan Becker - American Record Guide March/April 2011
"Stewart Goodyear has been amassing quite a bit of attention lately, and deservedly so, judging from these vital, communicative, and intelligently stylish late-Beethoven performances. Swift tempos, forward sweep, linear clarity, imaginative yet never mannered inflections, and genuine joy in executing the composer’s volatile dynamic markings all characterize Goodyear’s interpretations.
In addition, a genuine and sincere spirit informs Goodyear’s poetic booklet notes.
An outstanding release, highly recommended."