Andras Schiff Bach Project No. 2: French Suites and French Overture 4/21/13

April 21, 2013

I am sure many people still remember Mr. Schiff’s epic concerts on Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier Book.1 and 2 from last October. This time he came back to Disney Hall with Bach’s 6 French Suites and French Overture on Wednesday 4/17. He performed all 6 suites as a set in a first half. How can he keep that deep focus on the stage front of a big audience?? He looked as if he was in his comfortable room playing by himself or for his friends. He was having a wonderful time playing piano. He brought great characters from each dance movement. As an amazing scholar I believe he has studied those pieces over and over, but at the performance he could have a great fun as if he was playing them for the first time. And here comes his famous No-Pedal approach to Bach. If you are curious about his fingerings on Bach you can look at Henle’s new Schiff edition on the Well-Tempered Clavier. He uses very interesting fingerings. After the concert I visited back stage. When I commented to him that he was having a wonderful time, he said he loves an acoustic and piano in Disney Hall. I totally agree with him! Also last fall I had a great opportunity to play for him, and I chose Bach’s French Overture. It was so fun and inspiring to hear him playing.

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