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Andras Schiff: The Denon Recordings

Andras Schiff (piano)Andras Schiff: The Denon Recordings

HTGCD302 – 5060332661442
3 CDs

András Schiff is a daring and adventurous pianist. He has a wide repertoire, but always remains loyal to the composers most important to him. These are the composers represented in this collection of early recordings which first appeared on the Denon label – Bach, Schumann, Haydn and Bartók. He has returned to each repeatedly throughout his career, fashioning innovative recital programmes around their works, and often recording individual pieces more than once as his interpretations develop. But at this relatively early stage in his career, from the late 1970s onwards, Schiff already had a mature and distinctive voice, and his musical personality shines through in each of these recordings.

Typical of Denon, the sound recordings presented here are of demonstration quality.

SCHUMANN – ‘His playing is truthful and sympathetic… Schiff captures Schumann’s mercurial mood changes without drawing attention to an interpreter at work.’
– Gramophone, September 2015
HAYDN – ‘Schiff makes all these sonatas sound even more attractive than you remembered them being. Schiff is as polished as you could wish in the scintillating rondos… but I cannot recall anyone else with the delicacy of touch and understanding that he brings to the other movements.’
– Gramophone, September 2015
HAYDN – ‘Schiff plays with an extraordinary refinement and delicacy; he is resourceful and highly imaginative in his use of tone colour; his phrasing and articulation are a constant source of pleasure. Superb in every way and beautifully recorded too.’
– Penguin Guide, September 2015
BACH – ‘This record hade me completely gripped.’
– Gramophone, September 2015
Track Listing

CD 1 (70’ +)

J.S. BACH

Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052

Keyboard Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055

Keyboard Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056

English Chamber Orchestra, George Malcolm

Two-Part Inventions for Keyboard, BWV 772a-786

 

CD 2 (70’ +)

J.S. BACH

Two-Part Sinfonias for Keyboard, BWV 787-801

ROBERT SCHUMANN

Papillons, Op. 2

Arabeske in C Major, Op. 18

Humoreske in B-Flat Major, Op. 20

 

CD 3 (70’ +)

JOSEPH HAYDN

Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI-20

Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI-50

BELA BARTOK

Dance Suite, Sz. 77 BB 86a

Rumanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 BB 68

Three Rondos on Folk Tunes, Sz. 84 BB 92

Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz. 71 BB 79