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Andras Schiff returns to Proms next week. How did 'guardian' review his Beethoven - 35 years ago

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From the guardian classical archive, 15 March 1982: - Andras Schiff reviewed in 1982:   'He is a joy to hear, if not always to see'

No-one who heard Andras Schiff's Sunday afternoon piano recital at the Queen Elizabeth Hall could have left the hall cold to the sheer radiance of his technique, which was constantly a joy to hear, if not always to see. In performance, Schiff presents a curious physical response to the music. When he pours up the tempo or dynamic after a diminution in either, he draws his whole body up from the keyboard and down on to the next chord with a characteristically precise but somehow graceless articulation of movement. He shapes the phrasing with jerks of his left leg, and sometimes attacks the sustaining pedal with the flat of his foot, not just the toe – none of which is a particularly attractive sight; but collectively they are at least illustrative of his total involvement in performance and they support such flawless execution and alert intelligence that, if I were Schiff I could happily live with them. The programme was an extended entree of Haydn sonatas and Schubert's Moments Musicaux, with the meat course left until last – the Beethoven Appassionata, Opus 57.

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