Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
András Schiff direction and piano
Dream and nostalgia as Mendelssohn's Scottish mists and Highland legends mirror the poetry of Schumann
Mendelssohn Les Hébrides, overture op. 26
Symphony No. 3 « Sccottish »
Schumann Concerto for piano op. 54
Hungarian András Schiff is one of the most striking musicians of his generation, and deservedly so! He received an excellent musical grounding and during his piano studies, his teacher, the great Hungarian composer György Kurtág, made him “sing the music”. Even now, he still attributes the most significant strides he has made to this method, and it therefore comes as no surprise that he is a remarkable lieder accompanist. He has, in a sense, devoted his life to the “great classics” and has a privileged relationship, at the keyboard and on the conductor’s rostrum, with the works and musical worlds of Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, and Schubert. After a first half celebrating Scottish moors, mists and caves (Mendelssohn “composes” the impressions of the journey with unique flair), he returns to his beloved piano for Schumann’s concerto, one of the great works of the Romantic repertoire.