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Andras Schiff reveals a new way of listening to Bach's Partitas at London's Wigmore Hall / The Independent

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Sir Andras Schiff – the honorific suits him better with every year that passes – is on a roll. After demonstrating in concert the suitability of the fortepiano for Schubert's works, he has just brought out a CD (Franz Schubert – Sonatas & Impromptus) which drives the point unarguably home: to call this performance of the final two sonatas revelatory is nothing less than the truth, because the sound-world on his immaculately restored 1820 Brodmann up-ends all our expectations of these mysterious works; a Steinway, for all its sonic splendour, suddenly seems wildly inappropriate.

Now Schiff is showing us a new way of listening to Bach's Partitas, and if the aural readjustment is less dramatic than the one with Schubert, it's no less fundamental. As is usual with Schiff recitals, the Wigmore is getting him to repeat the performance to cope with the demand for seats, and if they'd scheduled further repeats those too would have been filled to capacity. Nobody else fills the hall the way this Hungarian-born pianist – now gratefully British – routinely does. The concert is performed again at Wigmore Hall tomorrow 14 May.   

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