Sir András Schiff brings Bach’s monumental work for solo keyboard to the Royal Albert Hall and delivers a spellbinding account of the Goldberg Variations. “Schiff’s playing was buoyant and dazzling in a performance that underlined the cogency and integrity of his approach to this monumental work” stated The Guardian.
Alone at the piano in the vastness of the Royal Albert Hall was András Schiff, who made no concessions to the capacity crowd: this was all about Bach’s astonishing variations. And the audience was quickly drawn in and remained spellbound throughout the 70-minute masterpiece. Schiff set the tone in the famous opening Aria. On his specially conditioned Steinway, he played „swiftly and unsentimentally, more intellectually than sensually. His command and awareness of the smaller-scale architectures were just as impressive as his mastery of the whole 30-variation span“ wrote Hugo Shirley from the Telegraph and summarized “The quiet, concentrated integrity of Schiff’s approach had won me over.“