Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol VIII (Opp 109, 110, 111): Andras Schiff – the Sunday Times review review | CD reviews | Music – Times Online

November 9th, 2008

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol VIII (Opp 109, 110, 111): Andras Schiff – the Sunday Times review review CD reviews Music – Times Online: “This final instalment of Andras Schiff’s Beethoven cycle differs from its predecessors because none of the sonatas it contains — the last three Beethoven wrote — is recorded in concert. Schiff is consequently able to explore these complex worlds in a remarkably relaxed and spacious way, though without compromising any of the music’s inherent tensions. Some feel his playing is almost too mannered, but he is careful to observe Beethoven’s instructions. Yet he means every nuance and, through his realisation of the intensity and clarity, the poetry of these works enables them to move, elate and transform anew.
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This must be another absolutely fabulous thought-through interpretation of Beethoven’s last Sonatas. Schiff’s understanding of the composer, his attention to detail make him a very remarkable pianist. One of my present time favorites pianists. I cannot wait to hear these interpretations.
Maybe one of my young students will perform one of these Sonatas in several years. In my opinion, a teacher’s dream to have young pianists perform these works — and played well.
Well in our studio, we still have a few years to go…. In other words, practice those scales and arpeggios and these Sonatas will not be that far away.
I remember many years ago, practicing the Op 111. This sonata is still one of my very favorites. Absolute mastery of classical composition. A masterpiece that took music decades into the future.
All the best

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