15 November 2008 BBC Radio 3 Building a Library Recommendation Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 60 in C Hob XVI/50 Reviewer – David Owen-Norris Modern Instrument Recommendation
6CD collection of previously deleted Teldec recordings from the Hungarian master pianist.
“Schiff’s programme is of varying levels of technical difficulty but the same interpretative virtues are common throughout, i.e. a marked liking for inner voices, a lilt to the rhythms, crisp fingerwork and a natural approach to rubato… Schiff’s delicious brand of pianistic sorcery will probably win this music the largest audiences…”
on Smetana – Gramophone 1999
“Schiff is unquestionably among the most gifted and mercurial musicians of our time; a 'masterpianist' indeed. His programme, too, is exemplary with Handel's theme heard again in Brahms's Handel Variations and with Reger's massive Bach Variations as a daunting and enterprising close. Schiff is admirably suited to the Handel suite, getting off to a bold and improvisatory start and continuing with much of his recognizable brio and originality.”
“…the exceptional immediacy and vividness of his characterization reminds us that initially Schumann signed nearly all of these 18 'bridal thoughts' with an F (the impetuous Florestan) or an E (the introspective, visionary Eusebius) –as a clue to the mood of the moment. Schiff laughs and teases, storms and yearns, as if the hopes and dreams of the youthful Robert, forbidden all contact with his distant beloved, were wholly his own – there and then.”
on Schumann - Gramophone 1995