Recital 2 – Piano

Sir András Schiff

Mozart | Schubert | Haydn | Beethoven

Sun, 17349

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    “Last Sonatas”

    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Piano Sonata in D major, K. 576 
    Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960
    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    Piano Sonata in E-flat major Hob. XVI :52
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

    “Last sonatas”: this title, which Sir András Schiff has chosen for his recital, probably makes you think of bidding adieu and the end, of wisdom and higher knowledge. To consider it from the angle of this year’s Festival theme: did the four great figures of Viennese classicism, Haydn and Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, discover their true identities in their final contributions to the genre? Wit and esprit dominate in Haydn’s pianistic final words, while Mozart by contrast turned to the rigor and logic of Baroque models (and in 1789, when he wrote this work, he could hardly have been thinking of death). Schubert’s final sonatas exude melancholy and Weltschmerz – only two months after he completed this work his own life drew to a close. Beethoven’s legendary Opus 111 – composed in 1821-22, when the composer was already completely deaf – seems in fact to reflect a departure into the hereafter. For pianist Edwin Fischer, its two movements evoked “this world and the afterlife.”

    Sir András Schiff

    Sir András Schiff was born in 1953 in Budapest. He started studying piano with Elisabeth Vadász at five, later continuing his training with Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados in his native city and with George Malcolm in London. The focus of his artistic work is on the keyboard oeuvre of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and Bartók. Since 2004 Sir András has performed complete cycles of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano sonatas in more than 20 cities and has recorded them as well. He appears regularly with the leading international orchestras and conductors, with a special focus on performing the piano concertos of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart as both soloist and conductor. It was for this purpose that he founded the Cappella Andrea Barca in 1999, and he also collaborates closely with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Since his early youth, Schiff has moreover been a passionate chamber musician. He led the Mondsee Music Festival from 1989 to 1998 and the Ittingen Whitsun Concerts from 1995 to 2013 (together with Heinz Holliger); since 1998 he has helmed the Omaggio a Palladio concert series in Vicenza. Sir András Schiff, who was named an Honorary Member of the Beethoven House in Bonn in 2006, is a recipient of the Robert Schumann Prize (2011), the Golden Mozart Medal (2012), and the Gold Medal of the London Royal Philharmonic Society (2013). In June 2014 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2018, in his capacity as President of the Royal College of Music, Prince Charles awarded him an honorary doctorate. His book Musik kommt aus der Stille, containing essays and interviews with Martin Meyer, was published in 2017. Sir András Schiff has taken a stand against the alarming political development in Hungary. In response to abusive attacks by Hungarian nationalists, he has decided to give no more concerts in his native land.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 21 August 1990 in a recital of works by Janáček, Bartók, Schubert, and Haydn.

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