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Andras Schiff / Solti & Vpo - Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 / Variations On A Theme Of Schumann [Japan CD] UCCD-5118

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B003UDP8UQ
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on July 17, 2015
Format: Audio CD
Before chancing this horror, I consulted the Gnostic Gospel of St Vladimir of the Steppes, Chapter 23, Verses 12 - 13:

"And I stood on the shore of the sea and saw an Anti-Horowitz emerge from the waters. It had three contracts and twenty composers carved on its head. And on each of them was engraved a blasphemous name: Thomas Bowdler."

Andras Schiff, spruiker of “understated elegance”, has carved out a career that was bankrolled by three different labels: Decca, Warner and ECM. It’s astounding in a way. Even Brendel is amazed: he’s un-killable. Worse still, Schiff has made a concerted attempt to cover the field: which composer has he not bowdlerised? I cannot even begin to imagine how un-luciferous his Appassionata must be. Mercifully, Schiff was granted but one Volume in the Great Pianists of the Twentieth Century. His unholy alliance with Peter Scheier intimates 'Driving Miss Daisy'.

All of his limitations are on display in this performance of Brahms’ First Piano Concerto with Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic. It’s as soporific as his Emperor Concerto with Haitink in Dresden (good lord – that’s a double whammy). Where heroism is warranted, Schiff responds daintily. One feels sorry for Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic: their colossal expenditures of energy are nullified by this wastrel. Even the poetic slow movement reeks of moderation. Schiff is less inadequate in the introverted Schumann Variations but by then, the pony has bolted and joined the local circus.

Life is so short. In this realm of giants and wonders, why entrust yourself to the Gilligan of the keyboard?
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