András Schiff - piano
International critics writing on the first two volumes of András Schiff's Beethoven sonata cycle have praised a particularly "sharp attention to detail" (Jed Distler in Gramophone on volume II) and expressed their high expectations for the edition as a whole, with Le monde de la musique saluting Schiff as one of the "great Beethoven interpreters of our time."
Schiff's concept to approach the sonatas in strict chronological order proves especially successful in this third instalment which combines the four smaller sonatas opp 49 and 14 with the brilliant op. 22. "It's fascinating for me to reconstruct this creative arc as though I were taking an overview of it for the first time, and assembling it into a large-scale narrative", says Schiff in the introductory interview with Martin Meyer printed in the CD booklet.
Schiff's Beethoven cycle on ECM New Series continues in spring 2007 with Volume IV including the Sonatas opp. 26, 27 and 28.