[f_minor] Not Gould but ...
marco.poli at unimi.it
Fri May 27 06:57:34 EDT 2011
thanks for the links, I downloaded them
all on my iPod and started listening to them.
They are revealing, and I'm happy to be able to
listen to them time and again. I've attended
some of these talks "live", but I find it very
useful to stop and reflect on Schiff's comments.
In my opinion, Schiff is a particularly endowed
and intelligent pianist, and he obviously loves
to guide the audience towards a deeper
understanding of the music he plays. I've always
admired his self-restraint, his sense of
understatement, but also his self-reliance.
I assisted to many of his concerts here in
Milano, where he has regularly played for many
years now: he often prefers to present thematic
cycles: I remind a Bach cycle - a very
accomplished one (a testimonial is his first
recording of the Goldbergs - the Decca one, not
the later ECM -, one of my favourites. apart from
Glenn's, of course. When he played it in
concert, he asked the audience not to applaude).
He also played all of Beethoven's sonatas and an
extensive and very emotional Schubert cycle - by
the way, I'm so sorry that Gould, although
admiring Richter's interpretation, never recorded
Schubert's sonatas, especially the late ones:
with his super-human sense of form (the
Goldbergs, Beethoven's Bagatelles) he would
probably have greatly enriched our understanding
of these tragic pieces.
Like Glenn, Schiff is my opinion one of the not
so frequent "thinking pianists": he's not only a
virtuoso, but tries to convey a coherent
"philosophical" message, embracing all the music
he deals with. I also appreciate his
willingness to teach without putting himself in a
metaphorical pulpit - this remembers me of the
wonderful lectures Leonard Bernstein used to give.
A suggestion: listen to his recordings of the
works of György Kürtag and Leos Janacek.
Kpapademas, I too have recently been listening to
Glenn's Sibelius album: wonderful! Among his
less frequented but revealing recordings, I would
also include Strauss's Sonata and Brahm's
Stefyz, I've been careful to remove any personal
or academic reference - although I can't
understand the importance, negative or positive,
they have for you: personally, I couldn't care
less. I was surprised by the vehemence of your
message. Hope this time I'm not touching any
sensitive nerve ...
>Awfully quiet around here lately I must say -
>still catching up with your Leonard Cohen
>albums? "The Future" is my favourite ... not for
>nothing the GG Prize, n'est-ce pas?
>Just last week I found a series of "live"
>lectures on Beethoven's Sonatas given by Andras
>Schiff in London and I fell under the spell. Has
>anyone else heard them? If so, will you please
>comment on them? I wept during the second
>'movement' of Opus 111, I just fell apart: it
>wasn't because of Schiff's narrative, it was the
>music and how Schiff played it. There is no
>irony intended here for those of you who might
>be chuckling. No no. Sorry. I really blubbed and
>was relieved not to have been among the
>'publicke' in such a state although there must
>have been plenty of people in the audience who
>found themselves wiping away tears and
>suppressing sobs, if the amplitude of the
>belated applause accounts for anything; applause
>which Schiff had already expressed was not
>entirely welcome in such circumstances. Here at
>my little home station I applauded as well, loud
>and clear, once the shock of beauty's sting had
>pulled its weight of tears from my soul. Then I
>staggered to the window for an eyefull of night
>Unfortunately the first "three parts" of this
>series/link are no longer completely active
>(there are just a few brief moments of music or
>discourse and then silence). The 'series' begins
>at: "Part Four: towards The Pastoral". I began
>listening at Part Eight and without ever
>intending to do so I did nothing other than
>listen for an entire evening (and then I blubbed
>and then I went outside for a walk in the night).
>Spoiler alert: Schiff plays Sonata 14 Opus 27 no. 2 as fast as ...
>SOS: can anybody tutor me on how I can keep these downloads from The Guardian?
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