Friday, October 22, 2010 | 8:00 pm
Since his debut in 1950s Hungary, the “revelatory” Schiff has climbed to the very summit of modern classical music, carving out a luminous five-decade career in which his “uncanny combination of elegance and intensity” (NY Times) has become legendary.
The exquisitely sensitive master has studied under György Kurtág and George Malcolm; founded his own chamber orchestra; earned first prizes at the Tchaikovsky and Leeds competitions, among others; won two Grammy awards; and played in nearly every major concert hall in Europe, Asia, and North America.
In this special performance at Duke, Schiff follows his two-year survey of Beethoven’s piano sonatas by plunging further into the 19th century; he approaches a pair of darkly romantic works by Schumann and Mendelssohn, both of whom turn 200 this year.
MENDELSSOHN: Variations sérieuses, Op. 54
SCHUMANN: Sonata in F-sharp Minor, No. 1, Op. 11
MENDELSSOHN: Fantasie in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28
SCHUMANN: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17
“Schiff stands with perhaps only a handful of pianists in his total achievement of the most severe beauty.”
Schiff’s recital is part of both the Duke Artists series and the Piano Recital series.
In Conversation: Andras Schiff
On Mendelssohn & Schumann
with Professor R. Larry Todd, Duke Dept. of Music
Thursday, October 21 at 6p
Nelson Music Room (2nd floor of the East Duke Building)