New from ECM, András Schiff's complete Beethoven sonatas cycle
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New from ECM, András Schiff's complete Beethoven sonatas cycle
The Los Angeles Times wrote of András Schiff's masterful Beethoven sonata readings: "The Recordings are luminous... I recommend them without qualification." This freshly minted 11-CD set of the complete sonatas is being offered at a fraction the price of the initial single and double CD releases - and HBD takes this opportunity to present an overview of Mr. Schiff's art on Decca and ECM Records.

http://www.hbdirect.com/album/3215090-ludwig-van-beethoven-the-complete-piano-sonatas-andras-schiff-piano.html Recommended TitleLudwig van Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
András Schiff, piano
This specially-priced 11 CD edition contains András Schiff's masterful interpretation of Beethoven's complete piano sonatas recorded live in concert at the Tonhalle in Zürich. The box includes encores from these concerts with works by Schubert, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Bach, as well as an extensive booklet, which re-collects all original conversations around the sonatas, and adds an insightful new text by András Schiff. "We are fellow travelers on a fantastic voyage," he says.

----- The art of András Schiff as recorded by ECM & Decca -----
Bach: Two & Three Part Inventions / Andras Schiff
Recommended TitleBach: Two & Three Part Inventions
András Schiff, piano
"This is a perfect performance, perfect in every respect: tempi, ornaments, dynamics, technique etc. and of course the overall feeling that this performance exhudes." -Customer Review
Janacek - A Recollection / András Schiff
Recommended TitleJanacek - A Recollection
András Schiff, piano
"The combined beauty of the piano playing and the recorded sound, added to the virtues noted above, surely establish a new benchmark for this repertoire." -BBC Music Magazine
Mozart: Piano Variations, etc / András Schiff
Recommended TitleMozart: Piano Variations
András Schiff, piano
"This recording will stand the test of time and talent of others. Solid, profound, and simple describes his technique and approach. Sound, as usual for Decca, is perfection." -Customer Review

J.S. Bach: Well Tempered Clavier Books I & II / Andras Schiff, piano
Recommended TitleJ.S. Bach: Well Tempered Clavier Books I & II
András Schiff, piano
"The playing is so immaculate and projects such authority that it seems churlish to want it step out of its carefully thought-out character." -The Guardian
Franz Schubert: Hungarian Melody, D 817; Sonata D 894; Moments musicaux D 780; Alegretto D 915; Impromptus D 935; Sonata D 960 / Andras Schiff, fortepiano
Recommended TitleSchubert: Works for Piano
András Schiff, piano
"Given the character of the instrument and Schiff's ability to bring color and variety to his phrasing, all of these performances are of a high order. " -American Record Guide
Bach: Goldberg Variations / András Schiff
Recommended TitleBach: Goldberg Variations
András Schiff, piano
"Whatever your likes or dislikes in the Goldbergs, Schiff will surely elicit a positive reaction, more so than with his 1982 Decca recording..." -Gramophone

Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Vol 1 / András Schiff
Recommended TitleBeethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Vol 1
András Schiff, piano
"The contemplation of a Beethoven score still dazzles him - you sense an artist whose own journey is something of a homage to those who've gone before. " -The Times
Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Vol 2 / András Schiff
Recommended TitleBeethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Vol 2
András Schiff, piano
"Schiff focuses to perfection the sudden flurries, pregnant pauses, rattled-off chords, mock formalities. He makes sure never to rush, and cues some powerful crescendos." -The Independent
Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Vol 3 / András Schiff
Recommended TitleBeethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Vol 3
András Schiff, piano
"This is the third installment of Andras Schiff's complete Beethoven sonatas cycle... this will be one of the great Beethoven sonata sets" -Fanfare

Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Vol 4 / András Schiff
Recommended TitleBeethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Vol 4
András Schiff, piano
"András Schiff's Beethoven Sonata cycle... continues to be stimulating and provocative, always forcing one to hear such familiar music in a new light. " -BBC Music Magazine
Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Vol 5 / András Schiff
Recommended TitleBeethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Vol 5
András Schiff, piano
"Schiff clearly views this work as the piano equivalent to the Eroica Symphony, and uses maximum dynamic and textural contrast to emphasis its almost orchestral nature." -BBC Music Magaine
Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Vol 6 / András Schiff
Recommended TitleBeethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Vol 6
András Schiff, piano
"Three of these middle-period works are short, but what riches they deliver, and all abundantly and robustly realised by Schiff." -BBC Music Magazine

Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Vol 7 / András Schiff
Recommended TitleBeethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Vol 7
András Schiff, piano
"Even in the hairiest passages of the Hammerklavier Sonata Op 106, Schiff's poise never deserts him, while the textural clarity, especially of the inner lines, is always a delight." -The Guardian
Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Vol 8 / András Schiff
Recommended TitleBeethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Vol 8
András Schiff, piano
"By any standards, these are immaculately played accounts of hugely demanding works... Schiff's accounts of both works have a magisterial sense of rightness about them." -The Guardian
Robert Schumann: Geistervariationen / András Schiff, piano
Recommended TitleRobert Schumann: Geistervariationen
András Schiff, piano
"Schiff is too subtle a musician to allow a single thesis to dominate. Yet the fine line between dream and delusion can be felt elsewhere." -The Independent

Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 / András Schiff
Recommended TitleBach: Goldberg Variations
András Schiff, piano
"Schiff's Decca account, recorded at Kingsway Hall in 1982, has also become a boon companion to many people for its clarity, subtlety, good sense, and singing lines." -The Times of London
Beethoven: Complete Music for Piano & Cello/Schiff, Perényi
Beethoven: Complete Music for Piano & Cello
Miklós Perényi, cello; András Schiff , piano
Andras Schiff turns his attention to Ludwig van Beethoven's complete works for piano and cello in striking and highly distinguished recording with Miklos Perenyi.
Schubert: Fantasies D760 and D934 / Shiokawa, Schiff
Recommended TitleSchubert: Fantasies D760 and D934
Yuuko Shiokawa, violin; András Schiff, piano
"I was in rapt attention from beginning to end of this performance, marvelling at the transcendent musicality of the performance." -AllMusic.com

J.S. Bach: Six Partitas / Andras Schiff
Recommended TitleJ.S. Bach: Six Partitas
András Schiff, piano
"Schiff's interpretation of these Partitas inspires the most noble sentiments... The devotion required to make these pieces come alive is huge, and he meets the challenge admirably." -American Record Guide
Mozart: The Piano Sonatas / András Schiff
Recommended TitleMozart: The Piano Sonatas
András Schiff, piano
"Schiff plays all the sonatas with this beautiful quietness that lets the grace of each sonata come through. His masterful hands play each peice with delicate beauty." -Customer Review
Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / András Schiff, piano
Recommended TitleBeethoven: Diabelli Variations
András Schiff, piano
"I've been convinced of the success with which pianist and both instruments inhabit everything undertaken here. It's an impressive achievement." -Gramophone

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