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Andras Schiff, Piano: Live

Brahms / Liszt / / Schiff / Kitayenko
Release Date: 11/11/2016 
Label:  Melodiya   Catalog #: 1002386   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergey RachmaninovFranz LisztDmitri ShostakovichJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Andras Schiff
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 25 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the most prominent pianists of modern times, Andras Schiff nevertheless does not belong to the so-called competition format. The musician who earned the pedestal of philosopher pianist, “a representative of intellectual musical tradition in its high apprehension,” has never had virtuosity, sonic lustre and visual artistry in his sphere of interests. However, the live recordings of the then 21-year-old Hungarian are of unquestionable interest. Soviet music critic Leonid Gakkel described his impressions of Schiff’s performance in the following way. “From his very first note at the competition Schiff struck me with the vigour of his performance, and that was vigour of the highest festivity… What a touch on the piano, what a charge of Read more energy, what burning fingers! Ultimate activity of a creating spirit at each moment of playing…” At the competition, Schiff played piano works by rachmaninoff, Liszt, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, variation cycles and concertos by Tchaikovsky and Brahms. In the opinion of Yevgeny Malinin, a competent judge and professor of the Moscow Conservatory, Schiff “read music without a drop of willfulness: he lived in and with it.” The panel gave him only the fourth prize. However, it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that it was the Tchaikovsky Competition that brought the first significant success and international repute to the outstanding pianist. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Étude - tableau in E-flat major, Op. 33: No. 7 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer:  Andras Schiff (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2.
Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144: no 2 in F minor, La leggierezza by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Andras Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
3.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87: no 15 in D flat major by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Andras Schiff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
4.
Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a theme by Handel, Op. 24 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Andras Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 28 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Scherzo for piano by Alexander Pirumov
Performer:  Andras Schiff (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1974 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
6.
Théme original et variations in F major, Op. 19: No. 6 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Andras Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 11 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Andras Schiff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907/1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 7 Minutes 39 Secs. 
8.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Andras Schiff (Piano)
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 33 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Andras Schiff (Piano)
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Length: 45 Minutes 29 Secs. 

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