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Andras Schiff's immense performances at Wigmore Hall / theguardian

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long with Bach, the first Viennese school – Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert – has always been at the centre of András Schiff's musical universe. He goes back to that music regularly in his recitals but, never content to retread the same ground, he manages to find new approaches, new things to discover about such inexhaustible masterpieces. His latest three Wigmore Hall recitals are devoted to the last three piano sonatas by each of the four composers. The central panel of this triptych began with Mozart's B flat Sonata, K570, and went, via Beethoven's Op 110 and Haydn's Sonata in D HXVI:51, to Schubert's A major Sonata, D959. The whole extraordinary span of music was delivered without an interval, indeed, without the pianist even leaving the platform between works, so careful was he not to break the intense spell his playing created.

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