Manhattan Cornerstone Presbyterian Church | Sir András Schiff’s Schubert


Sir András Schiff’s Schubert

10 Mar 2017, Posted by pastor in Front, Music, pastoral
Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 8 PM at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage


  • SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in A Minor, D. 845
  • SCHUBERT Four Impromptus, D. 935
  • SCHUBERT Klavierstücke, D. 946
  • SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894
  • SCHUBERT Impromptu in E-flat Major, D. 899, No. 2
  • SCHUBERT Hungarian Melody in B Minor, D. 817

Being a follower of Mr. Schiff, I thoroughly enjoyed his Schubert particularly Four Impromptu, Dec. 935 and Piano Sonata in G Major, Dec. 894. For some reason, he looked little younger than I thought. I am glad that he performed at Isaac Stern at Carnegie rather than any of the halls in Lincoln Center; I just can’t stand the acoustics of Lincoln.

I can still recall how much I appreciated the fluidity of  Shiff’s play; nothing was wasted, even the way he was walking on the stage. 

“Schubert’s piano sonatas possess the songlike qualities of his finest lieder, as well as deep emotion and flights of virtuosity, while the pieces he wrote towards the end of his life are often brief, but lack nothing in beauty or profundity. Not bound by the constraints of large-scale forms, the three Klavierstücke are subtle works, thematically cogent, but generous in their lyricism and emotion. The Four Impromptus, D. 935, stand as independent pieces, but their overall design could form a four-movement sonata. This is magnificently poetic music with some striking technical challenges that are among Schubert’s most moving works” Carnegie Hall