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András Schiff and J.S. Bach

Pianist and Conductor András Schiff

Pianist and Conductor András Schiff

Hear András Schiff with the New York Philharmonic, Thursday at 8:00 PM

“To me he is a divine presence and the greatest composer of all times.”

–András Schiff

András Schiff’s 1990 recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier remains one of the best-selling of that collection of works of all time. Now it has some competition: András Schiff’s 2012 recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. When one reporter asked the Hungarian pianist why he came back to Bach, he replied, “I never left Bach.”

Last week, Schiff gave two all-Bach recitals at Alice Tulley Hall. On one day he played the four English Suites, an hour and a half feat, which he played without interruption. On the second recital, he played the French Suites.

On Thursday evening, András Schiff appears as soloist and conductor on The New York Philharmonic This Week. Schiff’s program includes music by Mendelssohn and Schumann, along with a look toward “divinity,” J.S. Bach. The broadcast starts at 8:00 PM.

See the video of András Schiff discussing his Bach recordings.

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