Encores After Beethoven / Andras Schiff
Bach, J S: Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825 - Menuet I & II Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825: Gigue Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV867 Beethoven: Andante Favori in F, WoO 57 Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 32 in G minor, Hob.XVI:44 Mozart: Gigue in G Major, K574 Schubert: Klavierstück in E flat minor, D946 No. 1 Allegretto in C minor, D915 Hungarian Melody in B minor D817
Between March 2004 and May 2006 Andras Schiff performed the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas at the Tonhalle, Zürich, recorded and released by ECM New Series. This collection presents the encores from these concerts. What does one play after Beethoven sonatas? Andras Schiff: “For me it's essential not to seek entertainment but rather to look for pieces that are closely related to the previously heard sonatas.” The pianist explores links to Schubert, Mozart, Haydn and Bach. For all the interconnecting strands of musical history, Andras Schiff’s selection of encores also adds up to a thoroughly enjoyable ‘recital’ disc in its own right.