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Andras Schiff - Solo Piano Music

Schiff,Andras
Release Date: 08/21/2007 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 284796   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnGeorge Frideric HandelJohannes BrahmsMax Reger,   ... 
Performer:  András Schiff
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 7 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of some of the original recordings that make up this set:

Schiff is unquestionably among the most gifted and mercurial musicians of our time; a "masterpianist" indeed. His programme, too, is exemplary with Handel's theme heard again in Brahms's Handel Variations and with Reger's massive Bach Variations as a daunting and enterprising close. Schiff is admirably suited to the Handel suite, getting off to a bold and improvisatory start and continuing with much of his recognizable brio and originality.

- Gramophone [1995]

András Schiff is one of our greatest living pianists noted, along with Murray Perahia, for his enormous musical intelligence, expressive power, and variety
Read more of repertoire. Haydn as a composer of symphonies and oratorios has long been admired, but as a composer of piano sonatas he has been all but ignored. The sonatas were until recently considered to be playthings, irrelevant salon works or student teaching pieces, subjected to great infrequency of performance, often treated as charming curiosities, even performed with the piano lid closed to give them a far-away, nostalgic ambience.

A conscientious performer is then put on a bit of a tightrope: play the works with all the dynamics and expression that the narrower keyboard, lighter strings, and smaller sounding board of the older pianos could provide, but don’t emasculate the music, don’t make it "charming." And don’t pretend that Haydn actually did have a Steinway D to play on; he didn’t, and pumping up the music to fit the new wider boundaries since become available to us is no more a service to it than to play it on a synthesiser or, say, saxophone quartet.

Schiff of course walks the tightrope perfectly and the music comes totally alive under his fingers. He discovers an enriching variety of textures and vividly depicts the structure of the works—their wit, their intellectual complexity (Haydn was an enthusiastic composer of canons), their artistically balanced design, their balletic quality (Haydn was second only to Tchaikovsky in his ability to create a musical phrase that depicts a human gesture)—displaying a wide range and variety of keyboard colours. ...

Schiff’s performance of the Fantasia is the height of virtuosity, drama, and comedy as the playful cat is chased through every register, key, and musical style, including a little foretaste of Beethovenian moonlight.

– Paul Shoemaker, MusicWeb International, reviewing the Haydn sonatas

Schiff’s programme is of varying levels of technical difficulty but the same interpretative virtues are common throughout, i.e. a marked liking for inner voices, a lilt to the rhythms, crisp fingerwork and a natural approach to rubato… Schiff’s delicious brand of pianistic sorcery will probably win this music the largest audiences.

– Gramophone, reviewing Smetana

[T]he exceptional immediacy and vividness of his characterization reminds us that initially Schumann signed nearly all of these 18 "bridal thoughts" with an F (the impetuous Florestan) or an E (the introspective, visionary Eusebius) – as a clue to the mood of the moment. Schiff laughs and teases, storms and yearns, as if the hopes and dreams of the youthful Robert, forbidden all contact with his distant beloved, were wholly his own – there and then.

- Gramophone, reviewing Schumann Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Keyboard no 32 in G minor, H 16 no 44 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Written: 1778 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Keyboard no 54 in G major, H 16 no 40 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Written: before 1784 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Keyboard no 53 in E minor, H 16 no 34 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1784; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Keyboard no 58 in C major, H 16 no 48 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 0 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Keyboard no 33 in C minor, H 16 no 20 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
Fantasia for Piano in C major, H 17 no 4 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Keyboard no 59 in E flat major, H 16 no 49 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 11 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Keyboard no 60 in C major, H 16 no 50 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: c1794-95 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 13 Secs. 
9.
Sonata for Keyboard no 61 in D major, H 16 no 51 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1794-1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
10.
Suite for Harpsichord in B flat major, HWV 434 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
11.
Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a theme by Handel, Op. 24 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherland 
Length: 26 Minutes 59 Secs. 
12.
Variations and Fugue for Piano on a theme of JS Bach, Op. 81 by Max Reger
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherland 
Length: 34 Minutes 35 Secs. 
13.
Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Kultur- und Veranstaltungszentrum Schloß 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
14.
Davidsbündlertänze for Piano, Op. 6 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Kultur- und Veranstaltungszentrum Schloß 
Length: 24 Minutes 20 Secs. 
15.
Blumenstück for Piano in D flat major, Op. 19 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Kultur- und Veranstaltungszentrum Schloß 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
16.
Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Kultur- und Veranstaltungszentrum Schloß 
Length: 23 Minutes 1 Secs. 
17.
Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13: Posthumous Variations (5) by Robert Schumann
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Kultur- und Veranstaltungszentrum Schloß 
Length: 10 Minutes 8 Secs. 
18.
Gesänge der Frühe (5) for Piano, Op. 133 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 31 Secs. 
19.
Nachtstücke (4) for Piano, Op. 23 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 12 Secs. 
20.
Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 29 Secs. 
21.
Variations on an Original Theme in E flat, WoO 24 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854: pub 1939; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 25 Secs. 
22.
Polkas de salon (3) for Piano, B 94/T 62/Op. 7 by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1854; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 19 Secs. 
23.
Polkas poétiques (3) for Piano, B 95/T 63/Op. 8 by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1854; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 20 Secs. 
24.
Polka for Piano in F minor, JB 1:63 by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1855; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
25.
Polka for Piano in A major, JB 1:57 by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1853; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
26.
Polkas (3) for Piano: no 1 in E major B 88/T 54 by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1852-1853; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
27.
Polkas (3) for Piano: no 2 in G minor B 89/T 55 by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1852-1853; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
28.
Souvenirs (4) of Bohemia, B 115-16/T 83-84/Op. 12-13 by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1960; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  TELDEC Studio Berlin, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Spectacular June 11, 2013 By Alva Almand (ATLANTA, GA) See All My Reviews "This is a great cross-section of piano styles that Mr Schiff handles with ease. I'm especially fond of baroque works and really enjoyed that part the most. This is a great buy." Report Abuse
 Excellent! June 11, 2013 By David A. (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews "Schiff is, in my book, the best in the world. His take on Schumann is superb. Great listening!" Report Abuse
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