Recital 2

Sir András Schiff

Mendelssohn | Beethoven | Brahms | Bach

Mon, 18506

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Piano Festival

17.11.-27.11. 2018



    Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
    Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op. 28 Sonate écossaise
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Piano Sonata in F-sharp major, Op. 78
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76
    Seven Fantasies, Op. 116
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
    English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811

    A recital usually comprises a variety of compositions, but the way these are put together can in itself resemble a small work of art. Hardly any pianist “composes” their programs as beautifully as does Sir András Schiff. He has organized the two recitals he designed for the 20th anniversary of Lucerne’s Piano Festival around the late work of Johannes Brahms. In both programs, the composer seems to reminisce about older colleagues whom he either knew, like Robert Schumann, or admired, like Mendelssohn and Mozart, throughout his life; about the “giant” Beethoven, with whose shadow he faced an arduous struggle; and about the myth of Bach, who was the linchpin of Brahms’s conceptual world. From the interplay of his works with theirs emerges an “alliance of kindred spirits,” a musical family portrait in two parts: lines of tradition are delineated, surprising references are made obvious. And suddenly, historical time simply vanishes and seems to dissolve away, for the artistic similarities turn out to be stronger than the changes through the eras.

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    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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