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1.0 out of 5 stars Same old bluff, 27 Nov 2003
This review is from: Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Audio CD)
Pretentious, pineckety and small-scale as ever, Mr Schiff doesn't offer any surprises with this recording. Self-congratulatory and pompous, but essentially dull in the end, Mr Schiff cleverly expliots the relative ignorance of the average concert listener, who is only dimly aware of the real choices out there. This is certainly not in any way a daring or revealing performance - the safety-nets are up at all times (accuracy is no miracle at these sedate tempi) and as ever, Schiff poses as an intellectual rather than really straddles the music in fullness of inspiration. But the establishment will hail this recording unwittingly because it fits so neatly into its own anally retentive and middle-of-the-road agenda. The best thing Schiff can do is retire now. Nobody in 50 years' time will have the least interest in his work - Bach performance should be at the very peak of what our civilisation has to offer. This soporific stuff is nowhere near.
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Initial post: 29 Nov 2009 09:45:07 GMT
Geoff says:
Self-congratulatory and pompous indeed. You that is not Andras Schiff. Why don't you try and make some focused criticism and then recommend some recordings you prefer to make your point. That would be a lot more helpful than the ravings we have here.

Posted on 4 Dec 2009 09:13:43 GMT
J. Severidt says:
I couldn't agree more - with Geoff, that is. What expertise do you have to think you can judge one of the most highly regarded pianists of our times? The only one coming off as self-congratulatory is you.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2011 23:08:24 BDT
simon mack says:
ok naughtyboys review IS a tad vitriolic BUT essentially absolutely right. Schiffs playg + interpretation are utterly safe + bland. comparisons > well yes - Gould (yes still after all these years), Goode or Hewitt. any more questions ? there is far too much emphasis in the classical music world on perfect playing which all to often precludes any sense of excitement or risk taking to many recordings detriment.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2012 12:26:25 BDT
Well, how about Konstantin Lifschitz, or Andrei Gavrilov? Both wonderful. NL

Posted on 26 Nov 2012 12:16:33 GMT
Hugo Read says:
stupid hatchet job of a review that has no real constructive criticism and doesn't recommend any recordings he DOES like to compare. Presumably Glenn Gould, who is the usual choice for people who rant against less overt interpretations. I enjoy many of Gould's recordings, but my general preference is for players who don't let their egos get in the way of the music. Players like Schiff and Perahia and wonderful at that and are full of musicality but in a much more subtle way. It's completely the opposite of soporific and boring. Ridiculous review.
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