We are delighted to announce that Sir András Schiff’s new Schubert disc has been named Recording of the Month in both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine. The disc comprises Franz Schubert’s late works which Sir András chose to record on an 1820 Viennese fortepiano made by Franz Brodmann.
“There is plenty of tragedy and drama in this music, sometimes even apocalyptic outbursts, but what dominates is the soft and even softer dynamics. On modern pianos, people want brilliance and loudness. Intimacy and softness are not credentials that matter much. The moderator, which modern pianos don’t have, allows one to reproduce the softer dynamics marvellously. I did these recordings in a very small hall. There’s no point taking a fortepiano into, let’s say, the Barbican or the Royal Festival Hall. Schubert’s last sonatas are so universal that they can take a large venue, but they are also intimate and confessional.”
Sir András Schiff, BBC Music Magazine, July 2015 (page 77)
Sir András gave audiences the chance to hear this piano in concert at the Wigmore earlier this year in a series of critically acclaimed recitals with programmes including two of the late Schubert sonatas [D894, D960] and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, which he has also recorded for ECM Records
“András Schiff is no stranger to playing Schubert at the Wigmore Hall, but this extraordinary event – first concert of the pianist’s brief “Schubert & Beethoven Celebration” – communicated a level of innermost intensity that made it seem like the grail for which all his performances had been searching.”
We are already looking forward to the second volume which will be released next year!
“I cannot think of anyone of his calibre who has mastered the fortepiano as well as the modern piano and shown such distinction on both. In Schubert he has a claim to be considered sovereign amount today’s players”
Stephen Plaistow, Gramophone Magazine, June 2015, p22