Schiff plays Bach at 2018 Proms

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Rach3
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Schiff plays Bach at 2018 Proms

Post by Rach3 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:48 am

After playing the complete Book 1 at the 2017 Proms, a first time ever at any Proms, Andras Schiff plays the complete Book 2 of WTC at 2018 Proms, plus a brief interview :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m0000882

I have just started listening, and will probably do in sessions, hats off to the Prom-ers especially those standing in the pit.

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Re: Schiff plays Bach at 2018 Proms

Post by maestrob » Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:21 am

Schiff is one of my favorite Bach interpreters. I'll have to revisit this when I have time. I'll be interested to hear his new insights since his commercial recording issued roughly 30 years ago....

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Re: Schiff plays Bach at 2018 Proms

Post by Rach3 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:45 pm

maestrob wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:21 am
Schiff is one of my favorite Bach interpreters.
Another Schiff to hear if you missed it earlier. As an encore , he played the entire " Italian Concerto " :

https://www.wqxr.org/story/carnegie-hal ... ras-schiff

Mendelssohn: Fantasia in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp Major, Op. 78
Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op. 76
Brahms: Seven Fantasies, Op. 116
Bach: English Suite No. 6 in D Minor

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Re: Schiff plays Bach at 2018 Proms

Post by jbuck919 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:38 pm

To some people it may sound like a ridiculous juxtaposition, but my favorite pianists are Schiff and Murray Perahia, and the reason puzzles even me. Although I could not hope to accomplish anything like they have, they both impress me as pianists who have had to work hard to where they have gotten, who still must practice, and who have impeccable taste. In my fantasies I'd be one like them. I have comparatively little use for truly prodigious talents like Sviatislov Richter. Thanks, Rach3, for giving us that unhackneyed program, which I enjoyed very much.


I assume Lance at some point is going to read this, and would like him to comment on the tuning of the piano. I realize that all tunings are compromises, and that we're talking about a Bösendorfer, but it seems a little off to me.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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Re: Schiff plays Bach at 2018 Proms

Post by barney » Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:19 am

That is obviously his program for late 2018. He is giving recitals in Melbourne and Sydney in October, and this is the Melbourne program:
MENDELSSOHN Fantasy in F-sharp minor, op 28
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata no 24 in F-sharp major, op 78
BRAHMS Eight Piano Pieces, op 76
BRAHMS Seven Fantasias, op 116
JS BACH English Suite no 6 in D minor, BWV811

I am supposed to be interviewing him for the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age, but he will only take email questions, which is vastly unsatisfactory if understandable. In more than four decades of journalism I've never conducted a serious interview this way (though obviously in the first two decades it wasn't an option). I'll do it anyway because I admire him so vastly, both as a musician and as a man with huge political integrity. And of course, unlike other areas of news coverage, nothing critical hangs or falls by face to face or voice to voice contact.

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