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Andras Schiff makes Bach & Bartok logical companions for sold out Wigmore Hall / Evening Standard

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Wigmore Hall audiences are fair-minded and welcoming, but they have their favourites, and the pianist András Schiff is definitely one of them. Last night's full house was rewarded with a typically imaginative programme.

In the first half, Schiff interspersed groups of Bach's Two-Part Inventions, written for one of the composer's gifted children, with short pieces by Bartók, some of them also written for children. The juxtaposition worked well, although it's hard to imagine children who could cope with the musical complexities. Schiff's Bach is an engaging blend of the cerebral and the dance-like, the left hand building up sturdy rhythms, the right weaving intricate patterns around them.

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