Lance's programs Mar. 4/11 2017: Heinrich Schiff, cello

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Lance's programs Mar. 4/11 2017: Heinrich Schiff, cello

Post by Lance » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:09 am

Posted March 4, 2017

Heinrich Schiff, cellist
Memorial Tribute

"When life delivers lemons, you make lemonade," as the saying goes. That's what happened to cellist HEINRICH SCHIFF after having a serious stroke that left him incapacitated to continue playing his beloved cello. He thus turned to conducting making another name for himself in music. Schiff died at the age of 65 on December 23, 2016. Austrian-born on November 18, 1951. Among his teachers was André Navarra. He made his Austrian and British debuts in 1971. His teacher in conducting was the celebrated Hans Swarowsky, responsible for launching many conductors. Described as an "eminent cellist and conductor who made music 'sing and dance,'" his cello repertoire extended from JS Bach to Shostakovich and beyond. As a student, Heinrich Schiff played the Baroque cello eventually melding the style of historic music principles with modern techniques. While highly interested in the traditional cello repertoire, he also had a keen interest in contemporary music with composers writing music especially for him.

As a cellist, Schiff's debut occurred in 1986. In the United States, he debuted as a conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 1994. He became artistic director of the Northern Sinfonia, held conductorships with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, and orchestras throughout Germany. In 2004 he became chief conductor of the Vienna Chamber orchestra.

Schiff recorded prolifically for major labels such as British Decca, EMI, Erato, Warner, Philips, Hanssler and others thus leaving us a legacy of cello playing and as a conductor. His recordings of JS Bach's six solo cello suites have garnered praise across the globe.

Here is the program lineup:

PROGRAM I, Saturday, March 4, 2017 - Repeated March 11, 2017
• JS Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 (r.1984)
• Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19 w/Elisabeth Leonskaja, pianist (r.1984)
• [Encore] Fauré: Papillon, Op. 77 w/Samuel Sanders, piano

PROGRAM II, Saturday, March 18, 2017

• Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2 w/Till Fellner, piano (r.1988)
• Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major w/Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, conductor (r.1988)
• Paganini (Arr. M. Gendron): Introduction and Variations on "Dal tuo stellato" from Rossini's Opera Moses w/Samuel Sanders, piano (r. c1994)

Here is the link:


The programs can be heard anywhere in the world as long as you have a computer with speakers and adjust your time schedule to equate to 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. My usual descriptive dialogue about the artist and subject matter precedes the musical content.

I hope you will enjoy these two broadcasts honoring HEINRICH SCHIFF, which is heard all over the world via the Internet at the above-listed URL. •
Lance G. Hill

When she started to play, Mr. Steinway came down and personally
rubbed his name off the piano. [Speaking about pianist &*$#@+#]


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