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Andras Schiff – Johannes Brahms – Clarinet Sonatas (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

András Schiff – Johannes Brahms – Clarinet Sonatas (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:31 minutes | 980 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM New Series

Two great artists, pianist András Schiff and composer/clarinettist Jörg Widmann, join forces for the first time on record, performing Brahms’s late masterpieces, the clarinet sonatas op. 120, written in 1894. In between the sonatas Schiff plays Widmann’s evocative Intermezzi for piano. As Jörg Widmann explains in a programme note, these are works inspired by his friendship with András Schiff and by a shared love of Brahms, to whom they pay tribute. The album was recorded at Neumarkt’s Historischer Reitstadel.

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Andras Schiff – Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas (Live) (2016/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Andras Schiff – Beethoven – The Piano Sonatas (Live) (2016/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 11:49:22 minutes | 5,43 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM New Series

The Beethoven sonatas can be logically divided into three distinct groups: early, middle and late. To me, playing them in chronological order is most convincing and deeply satisfying. Among the thirty-two there is not one weak link. And this way the listener is able to follow the process of evolution, step by step. It is a learning experience; we are fellow travellers on a fantastic voyage.”

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Andras Schiff – J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 (2020) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD.MA.5.1 + BDRip 720p/1080p

Title: Andras Schiff – J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1
Release year: 2020
Genre: Classical

Released: EuroArts
Duration: 01:50:39
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Audio Codec: LPCM, DTS-HD Master
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27897 kbps / 1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio # 1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio # 2: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3643 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Size: 28.07 GB

Johann Sebastian Bach was undoubtedly the greatest musical thinker of his age. Dubbed ‘the Old Testament of music’ by the conductor and pianist Hans von Bülow, The Well-Tempered Clavier is acknowledged to be one of the most significant works ever written for the keyboard. Each of these 24 preludes and fugues encapsulates its own mood, and Bach’s delight in mixing technical strictness with freedom of expression has made this work an indispensable element of Western culture for centuries. Sir András Schiff is heralded as one of the finest Bach interpreters today, and this first complete performance at the prestigious BBC Proms was summed up as ‘stupendous’ by The Independent.

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Andras Schiff – Franz Schubert: Sonatas & Impromptus (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

András Schiff – Franz Schubert: Sonatas & Impromptus (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:04:10 minutes | 1,83 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet, Front cover | © ECM New Series

For a truly great interpretation it’s not enough just to play a historical instrument, the playing also has to be up to scratch. This recording released by the world-renowned label ECM showcases a pianist of the highest calibre playing the wonderful Viennese Brodmann piano. András Schiff captures the convergence of thought and sound remarkably well and seldom before have we been given so much insight into Schubert’s innermost thoughts. The softness and the unmistakable legato that the pianist produces on this Viennese instrument give the Sonatas D. 958 and D. 959 an indescribable feeling of nostalgia. But Schubert’s inward revolt was growing and András Schiff leads us steadily to the edge of the abyss. The crystalline sounds of the Scherzo in the Sonata D. 959 are as enchanting as the sound of ancient harpists who were so often depicted by German Romantics. This exploration into sound is also marvellous in the Impromptus D. 899 and the 3 Klavierstücke D. 946 or “Three Piano Pieces”, which have a very expressive counterpoint that differ from the unfathomable depth of the sonatas. This album is a revelation into a whole new world of sound that is unveiled as András Schiff’s fingers touch the keys. Inspiring.  – François Hudry

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Andras Schiff – J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variationen, BWV 988 (2003/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

András Schiff – J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variationen, BWV 988 (2003/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:45 minutes | 957 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM New Series

András Schiff returns to the Goldberg Variations in what will be regarded as one of the classical music events of the year. Two decades after his acclaimed account of the Variations for Decca, Schiff documents Bach’s towering masterpiece again, this time in a live recording for ECM New Series. As the New York Times said, “Mr Schiff is, in Bach, a phenomenon. He has quite simply internalized this music. He doesn’t so much perform it as emit, breathe it.” The fluency of the playing in this concert recording from Basel is quietly astonishing, the technical demands of the work transcended with uncanny gracefulness.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Bartok and Brahms with Herbert Blomstedt and Andras Schiff 2017 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Both the conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the pianist András Schiff have been partners of the Berliner Philharmoniker for many years. But here they are performing jointly in the orchestra’s concerts for the first time. What also makes this concert programme special: the two artists are presenting themselves with works that they have never yet performed with the Berlin Philharmonic. At concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation in recent years, András Schiff has enthralled with his cycles, at which he played Johann Sebastian Bach’s keyboard works, all of Ludwig van Beethoven’s sonatas and the last three sonatas each by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Beethoven, or as Artist in Residence and interpreter of Bach’s and Mozart’s piano concertos, which he not just performed on the piano but also conducted. This time, András Schiff is the soloist in Béla Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto – a composer to whom the pianist feels closely bound, and not only because of the shared Hungarian origin. Schiff says being Hungarian eases comprehension of Bartók’s music, which very strongly reflects the accentuation, the rises and falls of the Hungarian language. Schiff calls Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto, which the critically ill composer composed in exile in New York shortly before his death, a “swan song”. Bartók surmounted the radical character of the two previous concertos and found his way to a tone for which he had not been known previously: more melodic, softer, almost religious.

Herbert Blomstedt, known to the Philharmonic audience first and foremost for his interpretation of the works of Beethoven and Bruckner, presents himself as Brahms interpreter with the orchestra for the first time. The Swedish-American conductor already discovered his love of the late romantic composer in his early years. Ever since, Brahms’s symphonic work has constituted a constant source of the new, the surprising, the ambiguous. With his First Symphony, with which he struggled for almost 15 years, Brahms established himself as a worthy successor to Ludwig van Beethoven. With regard to formal concepts and orchestral line-up, he took over the standards of the Viennese classical composer; the heroic, monumental spirit that marks the symphony also seems to be heard from him. At the same time Brahms reveals his very own compositional style in this work. Characteristically, the themes and motifs of the work are developed, varied and transformed from one motivic “germinal cell”.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Bach · Haydn · Mozart A. Schiff 2010 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

András Schiff is a pianist with a clearly circumscribed repertoire. Liszt, Rachmaninov, Ravel – he never plays a single note by any of them. By his own admission, he is only interested in composers whom he recognises as having a connection to music by Bach – such as Mozart and Haydn, both of whom feature in this programme for his guest appearance in this concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker. And for this concert, Bach himself, of course, could not be omitted.

In this recording, Schiff appears on the platform as both pianist and conductor – just as Baroque and Classical composers of the day once directed their concertos from the keyboard. The evening opens with Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, a work which the Berliner Philharmoniker had not performed for over half a century – or, to be more precise, not since the legendary performance with Glenn Gould and Herbert von Karajan in 1958.

Schiff meaningfully couples this work of Bach’s with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, which is also in D minor and already foreshadows with its sombre emotion the Romantic piano concertos of the 19th century. A not dissimilar world of expression is evoked in the demonic Don Giovanni overture as well as in Haydn’s Military Symphony, in which latter work the composer succeeds in making tangible the depths and horrors of war – powerful evidence to refute Haydn’s widely assumed blandness.

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Andras Schiff – Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen, Op. 120 (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

András Schiff – Ludwig van Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen, Op. 120
+ Piano Sonata No. 32 op. 111, Sechs Bagatellen op. 126 (2013)

ECM New Series | FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 149:32 minutes | 1,24 GB
Official Digital Download – Source: | Front cover / booklet

Following his monumental exploration of the 32 Sonatas, András Schiff has now recorded – on two period instruments – remarkable, contrasting versions of the Diabelli Variations alongside major late works with intrinsic ties to them. The Sonata Op. 111 and the Diabelli Variations (Disc 1) are played on an original Bechstein grand from 1921, and the second reading of the Diabelli Variations, (paired with the op. 126 Bagatelles on Disc 2) on a Hammerflügel fortepiano from Beethoven’s own day. This gives listeners a unique opportunity to compare the rich range of these highly contrasting sonic universes, a world apart from modern day instruments. Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations are considered a magnum opus of the piano repertoire, a towering contribution to the genre and an entire Encyclopedia of pianism.

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