This is the fourth album in Schiff's complete Beethoven sonatas, it was recorded live from Zurich's Town Hall and produced by Manfred Eicher.
International critics writing on the first three volumes of András Schiff's Beethoven sonata cycle, recorded in strict chronological order, have praised a particularly "sharp attention to detail" (Gramophone on Vol.2) and expressed their high expectations for the whole edition: for instance The Observer described Vol.3 as "a distinguished instalment in an outstanding cycle". The new album, which takes the listener to the half-way stage of the cycle, includes the most popular of all Beethoven Sonatas, the `Moonlight'.
Schiff recently reiterated his reasons to record the sonatas live in the Zürich Tonhalle: "I'm fully convinced that vivid performances are possible only in front of an audience. I obviously don't share Glenn Gould's opinion that concerts are superfluous and that work in the recording studio is so much more important. Being an artist you live for those very moments when music really happens."
Comes complete with a lavish booklet that includes an extensive and illuminating interview with András Schiff. Personnel: András Schiff - piano