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Andras Schiff@Wigmore Hall. A revelatory fortepiano recital / The Independent review

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Andras Schiff is a recent convert to the fortepiano, and his recital of two late Schubert sonatas on an instrument from the composer's own time was a revelation. Made by Brodmann in 1820, this beautiful fortepiano had been owned by the Austro-Hungarian royal family, and restoration had revived all its original strengths.

As Schiff observed in a post-concert talk, Schubert did not compose with the top-to-bottom uniform timbre of a modern grand in mind: his instrument had a transparent, bassoon-like bass which never covered the delicate treble, and its sustaining pedal created a smoky aura; he could paint sound-pictures of a sort unattainable on a Steinway.

From the meditative opening onwards in the Sonata in G D894 we were in a tenderly intimate sound-world, and the journey this work took us on really felt like an exploration.  READ THE FULL Independent REVIEW