Chamber Music

Piano recital with András Schiff I

Bach, Bartók, Janáček and Schumann – the three-part recital series by the pianist András Schiff revolves around these four composers. On this first recital, Schiff has programmed the 15 Two-Part Inventions BWV 772–786, as well as folk song arrangements by Béla Bartók, Leoš Janáček’s profound cycle On an Overgrown Path and Robert Schumann’s poetic Davidsbündlertänze.

Sir András Schiff Piano

Johann Sebastian Bach

15 Inventions BWV 772 – 786

Béla Bartók

10 Pieces from For Children Sz 42

Béla Bartók

3 Rondos on folk tunes Sz 84

Béla Bartók

3 Burlesques Sz 47

Leoš Janáček

On an Overgrown Path

Robert Schumann

Davidsbündlertänze op. 6

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“Bach epitomizes the apex of European music history”, says András Schiff. “Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Bartók – they all come from Bach.” No wonder that the Austria-British master pianist with Hungarian roots, who again and again ensures markedly richly coloured and poetic interpretations with a “subtle, magical control of touch” (Der Tagesspiegel), will commence his three Philharmonic concerts in this season with works by Johann Sebastian Bach. On this first recital, Schiff has programmed the 15 Two-Part Inventions BWV 772-786, followed by excerpts from Bartók’s enchanting folk song arrangements For Children, as well as his Rondos on Slovak Folk Tunes and the Three Burlesques, whose Number Two (“A little tipsy”) – to be performed “in a staggering rhythm” – reflects Bartók’s keen sense of humour.

The collection On an Overgrown Path, in contrast, is one of the most profound works that Leoš Janáček wrote: music of dark harmonies, obsessive rhythms and dramatic outbursts, culminating in the oppressive atmosphere of the last piece, “The barn owl has not flown away!” Compared with this, Robert Schumann composed a thoroughly poetic dance cycle with his Davidsbündlertänze: the 18 character pieces describe in music the composer’s two-faced alter ego, Florestan, who “rages passionately forward”, and “the soft youth” Eusebius. “The first edition,” András Schiff has said, “contains many extra-musical instructions for ‘E’ [Eusebius] and ‘F’ [Florestan], and you can even find concealed stage instructions.”

(photo: Raphae?l Faux Rougemont)