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Andras Schiff set to play Goldberg Variations@BBC Proms - Royal Albert Hall / theguardian interview

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The devil's advocate: On 22 August you will be performing JS Bach's Goldberg Variations at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Have you lost your wits?

András Schiff: No, I certainly haven't. The Albert Hall is a magnificent auditorium, very large but full of character, history and tradition. The atmosphere at the Proms is absolutely unique, thanks to the quality and concentration of the audience.

TDA: But really, wouldn't it be better to use a smaller, more intimate venue such as the Wigmore Hall?

 

AS: No one loves the Wigmore more than I do, and I've played this work there several times. However, this is an extraordinary composition that can work equally well in a huge space. Initially it may sound small and distant but the listeners' ears will gradually become attuned to it.  READ THE FULL guardian INTERVIEW